FRIDAY 5TH WEEK
Kathryn Zagrobelny C ‘14
God in Shining Armor
“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Psalm 18: 2
The first reading from Jeremiah says it all: “Praise the LORD! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.” How often have we felt excluded from others or attacked by society because our values and beliefs differ from what the rest of the world claims? More often than not, we are bombarded with messages from the media, from music, from movies, and from TV that contradict what we know is true. It is in those times that we must cling to the Lord. As today’s Psalm tells us, the Lord is our “rock,” our “fortress,” and our “deliverer.” He will protect and shield us from those that persecute us and those that try to turn us away from Him. Like a knight in shining armor, He rescues His people from their enemies. In the gospel, Jesus faces persecution and although he is spared in today’s reading, we do know the he soon will face the worst persecution—death. But God raises Jesus from the dead and saves Jesus from sin and death. If we too rely on God, He will save us. What persecutions do you face in your life? Do you put your trust in God to protect you?
Lord, protect me from all that attacks me and tries to tear me away from You.
May I remain steadfast in You who are;
my rock, my shield, and my salvation. Amen.
Jer 20: 10-13, Ps 18: 2-7, Jn 10: 31-42