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Wisdom Wednesdays Invitation to CompassionThe entrance antiphon for today, taken from Psalm 17, prays:

“My deliverer from angry nations you set me above my assailants; you saved me from the violent man.”

These words certainly call for deep faith, as in prayer, we again accompany Jesus on the road to Jerusalem and the certain cruel death he faced those many years ago.

At the same time these past weeks, we have also walked with the Ukrainian and Russian people as they suffer the effects of war: so much destruction, loss of life, and suffering.

We cry out with Jesus and the Ukrainian and Russian peoples: “My Deliverer” be with me in this immense suffering, strengthen me with your love that I may walk with courage among the flames as did Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. (Daniel 3:13-20,24,49-50,91-95)

This is what the totally countercultural belief in the Resurrection demands of us. It invites us to compassion, to face the reality of enormous evil and suffering with compassion, not without pain, but without loss of hope and confidence in the power of Love.

Sister Rosemary Fry

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