March 12, 2020
All Day, Every Day
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 40:5 (responsorial)
Last year, we spent a couple of weeks in Seville, Spain. Around the corner from our apartment was a church with a forecourt. In the rear of this courtyard stood a statue of St. Jude Thaddeus. Any time I walked past, day or evening, I saw the same sight: a steady stream of people coming in from the street--passing by on the sidewalk bearing briefcases, shopping bags and backpacks, young and old--stopping in to light a candle, offer flowers (there was always a bank of bouquets in front of the statue) and stand for a moment and pray. All day, every day. What a gift, to have such a spot right there in the midst of your daily rounds between work, home and school to stop, bring your joys and sorrows, and take a moment to breathe deep in the quiet, and in the midst of it, find hope, once more, in the Lord.
Lead me to find that place in my daily life where I can gain strength and hope from you, Lord.
- Amy Welborn
Jeremiah 17:5-10|Psalm 1:1-4, 6|Luke 16:19-31