April 3, 2020

Ever play dodgeball? Dodge some stones lately? Doing God’s work can be quite satisfying and joyful. It’s also about dodging evil stones that come flying our way. Sadly, we recall that many still are persecuted for the faith and for doing God’s will across the globe. And, with the reminders in today’s scriptures of Jeremiah and Jesus’ tribulations and persecutions, we are reminded of the real sufferings and difficulties that endure generation to generation, especially with religious persecution and zero tolerance for differences.

Happily, most of us are in a safe place. Dodgeballs of gossip and other stones challenge certain moments in our life, but God walks with us. With the psalmist, we know that God listens to us in our distress when we lament. Furthermore, faithful servants trust that God hears their cries. When our faith is stressed due to an overwhelming swarm of vengeance or stones of hatred, we know that God supports us in a loving embrace.

Jeremiah, the Psalmist, and Christ each model for us the necessary words to cry out to God with our own laments, sharing our feelings to God. We are not afraid that our cries go unheard. It is with that same spirit of trust and faith that, like Jeremiah, we may praise God and realize that it’s through suffering we find the strength to go on and be rescued by our God. The wicked, the tyrants and others of ill-spirit have no power over us.

Who traps us in a spirit of spite and contempt? Do we ask God to take away our hardships? Perhaps today will be that day? Perhaps today we can let go of worry? Or ask the help to move quickly away to dodge hurtful things? Let us truly believe that God saves us and helps us escape our anxieties and pain.

Let Us Pray:

Gracious God, our rock and strength: hear our cries for help and unite us with those who suffer hate and persecution. Grant us your peace and calm this day that we may be rescued from our enemies and hope for everlasting peace. Free us from the bonds of vengeance so that our world is transformed with the joy of your reign, where you are true solace forever and ever.


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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.