26 Mar 2010
For 26 March 2010, Friday of 5th week of Lent, based on Jeremiah 20:7-13
O Lord, you have enticed me, and I was enticed; you have overpowered me, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long; everyone mocks me. For whenever I speak, I must cry out, I must shout, â€œViolence and destruction!â€ For the word of the Lord has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. If I say, â€œI will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,â€ then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. For I hear many whispering: â€œTerror is all around! Denounce him! Let us denounce him!â€ All my close friends are watching for me to stumble. â€œPerhaps he can be enticed, and we can prevail against him, and take our revenge on him.â€ But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble, and they will not prevail. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten. O Lord of hosts, you test the righteous, you see the heart and the mind; let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause. Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hands of evildoers.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.