Our Refuge in the midst of Lamentations
“God is our refuge and our strength”
Today’s readings: Ez 47:1-12; Ps 46:2-9; Jn 5:1-16
In the midst of our lamentations, only God is our refuge and our strength. “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to the depths of the sea, though its waters rage and foam and mountains totter at its surging. The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.” (Ps 46:2-4).
Faced with seeming uncertainty and certain challenges, we must always remember that God is our refuge and our strength, and therefore we must not be afraid. God is with us, God has His covenant with us, God is ever faithful, and so we rest on Him. We cling to Him. We turn to Him for wisdom and strength.
And we continue to learn the lessons of Lamentations.
Sometime in the future, after having learned what God wants to teach us, after resolving to live out our covenant more faithfully, then we will rest secure in our God. But the lessons would already have been learned, lessons we can always fall back on as we do our mission in the years to come.
If ever we are tempted again to infidelity, we recall Jesus’ words: “Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.” (Jn 5:14).
Reflection/action: Have you trusted in God in the midst of trial and suffering?
Prayer: Lord, you are my refuge and strength. Whatever distress is happening in my personal, family and parish life, I trust fully in you and in your love and plan for me. With me by your side, I will never be afraid. Continue to increase my faith. Amen.
God bless you.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)