February 19, Tuesday Lenten Weekday
From all their distress God rescues the just. — Psalm 34:18b
Mass Readings: Isaiah 55:10-11/Matthew 6:7-15
Mid-February can be bleak in Green Bay, Wisc. Not only has the novelty of snow long passed, but the snow piles in parking lots and on curbs are dirty, as are our cars. And while the days and nights are slowly warming, it’s far from beach weather.
That’s why today’s first reading seems so hopeful to me when it speaks of the rain and snow watering the earth, making it fertile and fruitful (Is 55:10). Experience has taught me that the garlic, daffodils, tulips and rhubarb hidden under that snow are beginning to grow and that they soon will miraculously rise. While their growth certainly doesn’t compare to Jesus’ resurrection, for me it’s still a reminder of God’s love and of how I too shall rise some day.
Prayer: God, Creator of all that’s good, create new life in me.
Courtesy of Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.osv.com/MyDailyVisitor/tabid/7626/Default.aspx