The Blues Of The Night
Monday of the Third Week of Lent
Scripture Readings: 2 Kings 5:1-15ab; Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4; Luke 4:24-30
My dear encountered couples:
It must have pained Jesus very much for the people of his own home town of Nazareth to have no faith in him. He surely had special love for them. How he would like to have helped them! He compared their faith to days gone by when the prophets Elijah and Elisha were among the people. The Israelites did not believe in them either. So, God sent them to help and cure the pagans.
Jesus has a special love for us too. After all, we are not only counted among his followers, but we became his brothers and sisters through baptism. How much faith do we have in him? Some, yes, but do we try to trust as much as we should?
Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and start to think of something, then begin to worry about it until you can’t even get back to sleep? In the darkness of night, problems seem greater. We are alone and fantasying the worst. When dawn finally brings some light into the bedroom, the intensity of the worry diminishes greatly. The problem still may exist, but we feel we can cope with it much better.
At these times, pray – “Our Father, Hail Mary”. I often find myself falling asleep before finishing one prayer. Psychological help or whatever, I find it often chases the phantoms away. Have faith in Jesus, especially at night. Concentrate on him, and you will find the light of dawn coming into your room and into you, long before its time.