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Today’s entrance antiphon, adapted from Psalm 24, led me straight to some Old Testament scripture passages that I revisit often.

With it, we pray: “Remember your compassion, O Lord. And your merciful love, for they are from old. Let not our enemies exult over us. Redeem us O God of Israel, from all our distress.”

Jeremiah on the whole was a crotchety, lugubrious prophet. However, he has given us one of the most well-known statements of God’s loving care for us. In the Book of Jeremiah 31 v.3 -5, he has God telling us:

"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you to me with unfailing kindness. I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with the joyful."

Another prophet, Hosea, saw the love had God for Israel as the reason they were chosen. In Hosea 11:1-4, we hear God saying with great tenderness:

"When Israel was a child, I loved him… and out of Egypt I called my son. It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them."

How about this Lent we take some time to slow down and listen to God saying to us:

"When you were a child I loved you. It was I who taught you to walk. I took you up in my arms. I have led you with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I have lifted you and held you in my arms, against my cheek. I have bent down to you and fed you."

Are we able to let our God express loving care for us in this way?

Sister Rosemary Fry

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