Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen Jesus get out of some jams. People want to stone Him, kill Him, arrest Him. Like in today’s Gospel reading from John 10. But each time He manages to elude them. In today’s first reading from Jeremiah 20, we read that God has “rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!”
A week from now, when we commemorate the Lord’s passion and death on Good Friday, it will seem that that is hardly the case, won’t it? For a brief moment, it will appear that evil has triumphed. But we know better, don’t we?
Often times this seems to be the case in our lives, doesn’t it? People reject us, stab us in the back, treat us shabbily. And, not only do they get away with it, sometimes they prosper at our expense! But, just as we know happened to Jesus, God will have the last word. Though we may not experience it now, or soon, or even ever (so it seems), when we do the right things for the right reasons, we’ll get what’s coming to us. So, rather than plotting our revenge on those who do us wrong, let’s plot our repentance.
Father, thank you for rescuing us from the hands of the wicked. We pray that you will bless them today and always. Amen.
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