Friday, March 7, 2014
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away.
Jesus, trying to live in what theologians
call the “already and the not yet”
is a challenge for me.
You have conquered sin and death,
and yet sin seems to be everywhere,
and in me too,
and I still have to die.
Your kingdom is established, but not fully.
You are always with me,
and yet often I ache
to see your face
and feel your presence.
I can’t celebrate Lent
as if you haven’t already risen,
and I can’t celebrate Easter
without remembering the cross.
Lord, help me to remember that,
even during our most joyous celebrations,
there are people around me
suffering in pain and sorrow.
And help me to remember that,
even in the most sorrowful moments,
there are seeds of hope and joy.
Help me to see that every Eucharist
gives me an opportunity
to live more deeply
the paschal mystery:
the cross and the resurrection,
the fasting for the sake of others
and the feasting,
the dying and the rising.
you seem very close;
other times you seem
very far away.
Help me to fast and feast
in all the changing circumstances
of my life.
Above all, Jesus,
help me to live in hope.
For a prayer for today from St. Basil the Great, see page 10 in the March issue of Living with Christ.
Fr. Richard Lamoureux, AA