Speak Lord: Free us

The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Today I have taken the shame of Egypt away from you.’

The Israelites pitched their camp at Gilgal and kept the Passover there on the fourteenth day of the month, at evening in the plain of Jericho. On the morrow of the Passover they tasted the produce of that country, unleavened bread and roasted ears of corn, that same day. From that time, from their first eating of the produce of that country, the manna stopped falling. And having manna no longer, the Israelites fed from that year onwards on what the land of Canaan yielded.

First Reading for the 4th Sunday of Lent
Joshua 5:9-12

Shame and guilt can come upon us for many reasons. Sometimes it is our internalisation of the attitudes and actions of others. Sometimes it is our own response to our own attitudes and actions.

Shame can be healthy if it draws us from what is harmful. It can, though, be harmful if it leads us from what is in fact godly and wholesome.

  • For what are you right to be ashamed? What might you bring to the Lord in the Sacrament of Penance?
  • What belittlement do others seek to impose on you? How might you doraw on the power and love of God to resist the damage they intend?

The Prodigal feeding pigs. Collection of the Library Museum, Stoke on Trent. (c) 2018, Allen Morris.

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