July 28, 2020

Let the prisoners’ sighing come before you; with your great power free those doomed to death. Then we, your people and the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; through all generations, we will declare your praise. (Psalm 79:11)

Today’s reading from the prophet Jeremiah reflects the pain and despair of God’s people at the time of the Babylonian exile, the consequence of their idolatry and sin. The dead lie abandoned in the fields, Jerusalem and the temple are in ruins, and the nation’s religious and political elite are led away in chains to Nineveh. Jeremiah gives voice to his people’s desolation in a cry to God: “Have you cast Judah off completely? Is Zion loathsome to you? Why have you struck us a blow that cannot be healed?” (Jeremiah 14:19).

The psalmist prays, echoing the prophet’s plea, “Let the prisoners’ sighing come before you [O God]; with your great power free those doomed to death.”

There are moments in life when all seems lost, and we cry out to God full-throated and unrelenting. And God reaches back to heal us. Jesus, the shepherd of our souls and our healer, is God’s response. He came to aid all humanity.

The great bishop-theologian Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote: “In my deepest wound, I saw your glory, and it dazzled me.” God’s glory has been shown to us in his Son, our brother, and Savior Jesus. He is ever close to us and living among us in the sacrament of his love.

Recall in your prayer today a moment when God touched your pain and transformed it through the Eucharist.

Let us pray:

Father, I am seeking, hesitant, and uncertain. May your Son watch over each step of mine and guide me. Amen.


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About Anthony Schueller, SSS

Father Anthony Schueller was the Provincial Superior of the Province of Saint Ann of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and the editor of Emmanuel.