Thursday of the Second Week of Lent
Loving God and Father, who gives us every blessing, fill me with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may abound in hope.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
[Thus says the Lord:]
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose hope is in the Lord.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream.
We are reminded to put our trust in God, not in our own understanding. When we trust God, we ask Him to guide our footsteps. Trust does not mean bad things won’t befall us, but it does mean we have faith that the bad is part of a greater plan.
For Jeremiah, God was the “hope of Israel” and the “source of living water” (Jeremiah 17:13). That hope is in the Resurrection so that we might have eternal life. When our hope is in the Lord, then we can drink the living waters and receive all spiritual nourishment from God.
- How can I deepen my trust in God’s promises to me?
- Am I hopeful in my life?
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.