August 1, 2020

Lord, in your great love, answer me.

The readings today are pretty gruesome. The chief priests want to put Jeremiah to death. And the gospel passage has a young woman not only asking for the death of John the Baptist but to have him beheaded as well so that she can give the head to her mother. In areas where Christians are still persecuted and killed, these readings will surely resonate more. But the plea of the Responsorial Psalm, quoted above, applies to all of us.

“Lord, in your great love, answer me.” The psalm itself answers the supplication of all those who suffer with the following assurance: “See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, may your hearts revive! For the LORD hears the poor, and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.”

Today, the reality that threatens the whole world is the COVID-19 pandemic scourge that is especially increasing in the United States. We not only have to fear succumbing to the virus, but we are all affected economically as a result of the disease. Like the two in the readings today, we are all threatened with death. Lord, in your great love, answer us!

We know deep down that God will answer us, giving us hope, lest we become despondent. It is a hope that is based on the deep faith that we have in God’s love and concern for each of us. And this faith is increased because of the love we experience in our lives. Human love is important in this regard. So also (perhaps especially) is the deep love we experience in the Eucharist, as we receive Jesus in communion and reflect on everything that he has done for us.

How deep is my trust in God’s love?

Let Us Pray:

O God, strengthen my trust in your love for me. May that love revive our hearts so that nothing around me can shake my faith in you.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.