Friday 11th April – Friday of the 5th week of Lent
Reflection: Jeremiah 20:10-13
Therefore, the Lord Yahweh says: See, I lay in Zion a granite stone, a precious stone, a sure foundation; he who relies on it shall not be put to shame (Isaiah28:16). The concept of the cornerstone is derived from the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, and all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure. In the Ecclesiastical sense, the cornerstone (the foundation stone) is symbolic of Christ, whom the apostle Paul referred to as the Cornerstone of the Church (Ephesians 2:20).
In the midst of trials and betrayal, the Prophet Jeremiah stood firm because he had God as his cornerstone; he had God as his rock, a mighty stronghold and shield, who would save him come what may. Who is your own cornerstone? Who is your shield and stronghold? Who do you commit your cause to? Dear friends, how best we will stand amidst the storms life, depend totally on our cornerstone (foundation). As the cornerstone determines the position of the entire structure, so does the position we give Christ in our life determines the structure of our life.
Beloved, we are enjoined today to build our house (our lives, families, plans etc) on Christ that we may stand firm amidst the trials and troubles of life. Let us make Christ our Rock, our Refuge, and our Stronghold; that we may be firm as the tree’s root that clutches the land. Let us set our house on a solid foundation; which is Christ the root of our soul’s recreation (Catholic Hymn book 74).
Prayer: Lord I beg you to be the cornerstone of my life, and in all things help me to come to you with humble trust saying; Jesus Help me! Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 215 – God is Truth
God is Truth itself, whose words cannot deceive. This is why one can abandon oneself in full trust to the truth and faithfulness of His words in all things
HIDE A TREASURE: “The Lord is my rock, my rampart, my deliverer and my God, the rock in whom I take refuge. He is my shield, my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my Saviour; you save me from violence” 2 Samuel 22:3 CCB
Readings for today: Jeremiah 20:10-13, Psalm 18:2-7, John 10:31-42