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 no distress, but still bears fruit.”

 Therefore, “the word of God today teaches us that only in the Lord is our sure trust: other trusts are useless, they do not save us, they do not give us life, they do not give us joy”. Indeed, “they give us death, drought.” Later, in the commentary, the Pope asked himself: “Why is the man cursed who trusts in human beings, in himself? Because that trust makes him look only to himself; he closes  in on himself, without horizons, without open doors, without windows.”  Thus he ends up being “a man closed in on himself” and “will have no salvation”, because “he cannot save himself.”

Probe me, God, know my heart; try me, know my thoughts. See if there is a wicked path in me; lead me along an ancient path! (Ps 138: 23-24)

The Voice of  Pope Francis

There is a word ‘more than magical’, capable of opening ‘the door of hope that we do not even see’ and returning one’s name to those who have lost it for having trusted only in themselves and in human strength. This word is ‘Father’ and must be pronounced with the certainty of hearing the voice of God who answers us by calling us ‘child’.

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