TRUST GOD ALONE

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD March 4, 2021  Second Thursday of Lent WORD of the DAY  I, the Lord, alone probe the mind and test the heart, To reward everyone according to his ways, according to the merit of his deeds. (Jer  17: 10) How shall I live this Word?   It is a Lenten homily by Pope Francis that we propose as a comment on the words of Jeremiah. Today’s first reading (Jeremiah 17: 5-10) begins with a curse: “Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings.” Also “in other passages of the Bible there is the same curse, perhaps with other words”, such as: “Cursed is the man who trusts in himself”. The person who trusts only in his own strength is always defined as ‘cursed,’ because he carries a curse within himself. Instead, the Pope continued, remarking on the ‘the contrast’, “blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord”, because – as we read in Scripture – “He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: It fears not the heat when it comes,  its leaves stay green; In the year of drought it shows...