Saturday of the 4th Week of Lent - III Class Feria
Epistle: Is. 49:8-15 [The Lord will comfort His suffering people & will not abandon them.]
Gospel: Jn. 8:12-20 [The Light of the World gives testimony to Himself.]
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Today is the last day of Lent. Tomorrow we begin the season of Passiontide. It is when our Lenten practices get even more intense. We started light during Septuagesima. We got more intense during Lent. Now we get even more intense during Passiontide.
We are suffering because of sin. We have our regrets over our own sins. We see the consequences of our sins and we can clearly see just how much happier we would have been if we didn't commit them. We wasted that part of our lives on vain sins, on finite pleasure that has already ended when we should have been with God and we will never get that part of our lives back. We have disgraced our lives and ourselves by our sins (literally: dis-graced, took grace away). In today's Epistle, God tells us that He will comfort us, take away our pain, and give us rest: "They shall not hunger, nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun strike them; for He that is merciful to them shall be their shepherd, and at the fountains of waters He shall give them drink." He will never abandon us. No matter how much we sin, no matter how much we lash out against Him, He always wants us back. He always wants to forgive us and take us back. That's how much He loves you. He wants to replace your suffering with happiness with Him. Michael Voris once said, "The degree to which you grieve is the degree to which you love." God sees your regret for your sins. This contrition is an expression of love for God. God gives you comfort and consolation in proportion to your love. The more you love God, the more God will console you.