Daily Gospel reflections: Surrendering to God

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

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Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer. (Psalm 18:3)

Spiritual combats are a certainty of life. We skirmish with disenchantment, discouragement, and darkness; battle with our desires for prestige, popularity, and power; and may even wage war against feelings of low self-esteem and subsequent doubts about God’s unconditional love.

Today the psalmist reassures us that God is always on our side. In moments of conflict we can cling to our Rock, finding safety in the divine cleft; hunker down in our strong Fortress, putting spiritual attacks at bay; and pray with conviction, knowing our Deliverer will liberate us from clashes with our inner foes.

During Lent may we confidently abandon ourselves to our Rock, our Fortress, and our Deliverer. Only in our disarming surrender to God will we win our battles and, by divine grace, emerge gloriously triumphant.

— Sr. Bridget Haase, OSU


Jeremiah 20:10-13

Psalm 18:2-3A, 3BC-4, 5-6, 7

John 10:31-42

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