St. John of the Cross

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St. John of the Cross

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me.

 

Today’s Reading: Ps 25:4-5AB, 6 AND 7BC, 8-9

“…Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your kindness are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD.

Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
he teaches the humble his way….”

 

Reflection: (This third Monday in Advent 2020 is the Memorial of St. John of the Cross.)
If longing for the Lord is the theme of Advent, St. John of the Cross certainly shows us the way. He was a man of deep prayer, a contemplative, who strove to bring vision and rightness to a dark time in the Church. His job was thankless, and he suffered much for challenging a corrupt system, even going to jail. But in that darkness he saw light; in despair and prayer he received consolation. He reflected on that, and wrote about it, so effectively that he is a Doctor of the Church, a foundational thinker. What light will come of this dark season for us?

Let us pray: God, you write straight with crooked lines! Help me to see your true path as I walk through life. Fix my eyes on your loving mercy. I know you forgive my sins; give me the grace to fully accept that forgiveness, to live with joy and peace.

 

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