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Lent – Day 33: “…for to you, Lord, I have committed my cause.”

Jeremiah 20:10 – 13

As we get closer to the Holy Week, it is important to bear in mind the words of Jeremiah, “Lord, I have committed my cause to you.” Where do we run to when we encounter difficulties in life? Where do we run to when we no longer have strength to go on? Where do we run to when fear, loneliness and shame torture our hearts? Where do we run to when joy, laughter and happiness become strangers to our hearts? Where do we run to when everyone and everything seems to be against us? Where do we run to when our lives seem to be a litany of failure? Where do we run to when we have no reason to trust, to dream, to hope and to love?

These challenges can sometimes throw us into the arm of addictions, into the arms of habits that can bury us in holes too deep to climb out of. We sometimes place our trust in things, in our talents, and in friends and families. These places, things and people do not have the power to calm our storm. When we trust in their strength, we often find ourselves in the corridor of despair and self destruction.

Jeremiah, in today’s reading, encourages us to commit our cause to God. We cannot and should not commit our cause to the world, to people, to fear, to sin or to our limitations. Let us commit our cause to God trusting that He will see us through. God is the only one that can calm our storm. He is the only one that can make our struggles and suffering pregnant with meaning. Our brokenness and our struggle is His location for our transformation.

Holy Week is about what happens when we commit our cause to God. Trust in God and God will live in you. When God lives in you, you will have the whole world in your heart. Look at Jesus, He was obedient and trusted even unto death. “Father unto thy hands I commit my spirit”, were his last words.

May we have the courage to commit our cause to God. May God bless you with this grace.

Author: Peter Chidolue, S.J.

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