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Thus says the Lord: In the time of favor I answer you, on the day of salvation I help you…Saying to the prisoners: Come out! To those in darkness: Show yourselves!  But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me; Lord has forgotten me.”  Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?  Even should she forget, I will never forget you.  (Isaiah 49:8-15, from the first reading at today’s Lenten Mass)

“Whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life.” (John 5:17-30, from the Gospel at today’s Mass) This Gospel makes clear that believing in Jesus is the way to eternal life, the way to a fulfilled life.  And eternal life means knowing that one is a child of God and will not be forgotten.

Yesterday Terrence Stewart ’73 passed to his loving Lord. Pray for his peaceful passing. Pray for his family and the SJJ community. “I will put my law within them, I will write it on their hearts; then I shall be their God, and they will be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33, from the Communion Prayer at today’s Lenten Mass) St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  St. Ignatius Loyola, pray for us.

“My bones were not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, fashioned in the depths of the earth. Your eyes foresaw my actions.” (Psalm 139:14-15)

“The future is not a forgone conclusion.  But when we give God permission to intervene and bring about His will in us, still again and again He offers us choices, perhaps between one good and another.  This is so that we can create through our choices, enabling Him to bring into being things He had long ago planned for us.  He constantly plans for me in love, and in His mercy He never allows me to see might-have-beens that only He could see.”

Charles Williams (1886-1945), British novelist.  Developed the theology of falling love: Love is a form of vision in which one sees oneself as he or she is seen by the beloved – In the eyes of God.)