Reflection for Friday, March 22, 2002: 5th week in Lent.

dc.contributor.authorHauser, Dick, S.J.en_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHauser, Richard J., S.J.en_US IIen_US 5en_US
dc.description.abstractToday's readings pose a challenging question: Is God's affirmation enough for us? We all want to be liked and approved for what we do, but what do we do when our actions elicit not approval from others but criticism and even persecution? Do we trust in God's affirmation when we know what we are doing is right?||Jeremiah faced this challenge in proclaiming the prophetic message God had given him: "All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine. . . .But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion." Amid the severest persecution leading eventually to his death, Jeremiah trusted in the Lord, "for to you I have entrusted my cause."|Jesus faced this challenge in living his vocation as God's messiah: "Many good deeds have I shown you from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?" Jesus, continually maligned and persecuted, was faithful to his Father's will, even unto death on the cross.|As we move into Holy Week with Jesus, we realize poignantly that being a faithful disciple of Jesus may not always be easy. God may call us, as God called Jeremiah and Jesus, to stand up for righteousness even though this righteousness may not be acceptable in our communities, in our workplaces, or even in our families.|But we are comforted by the words of the Psalmist: "In my distress I called upon the Lord and cried out to my God; from his temple he heard my voice and my cry to him reached his ears." And especially by the promise of Jesus: "Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 255en_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitVP for Academic Affairsen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Jeremiah 20:10-13en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7en_US
dc.subject.local4John 10:31-42en_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, March 22, 2002: 5th week in Lent.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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