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Father Henri Nouwen reflects for the Wednesday in the First Week of Lent. Please Note: On each Wednesday of the season, the eNews header article will be the meditation offered by Nouwen from Steadfast Love: Inspiration from Henri J. M. Nouwen.

But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” (Luke 23:28) If we want to mourn for Jesus, we have to mourn for the suffering humanity that Jesus came to heal. If we are truly sad because of the suffering and pain which he suffered, we will include in our sadness all of the men, women, and children who suffer in our present world. (Walk With Jesus, 52) 

When was the last time you laughed? I mean laughed so hard tears came to your eyes and you thought you would never stop laughing. Here’s another question: When was the last time you wept? I don’t mean teared up; I mean really and truly wept to the point your stomach hurt and your heart ached and you thought, “When will it ever stop?” I think sometimes Jesus must look at our world and weep. I think Jesus says to you and me, “Do you see what’s happening all around you? Do you see the neighbor next door sitting along on the front porch? Do you listen to the news and hear my voice asking you to feel the pain of others as you weep and pray for them?" I remember how Jesus cried out from the cross for his Father…and for me.

Lord Jesus, you once said that “if you reach out to care for others, you’re reaching out to me.” Lord, let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Amen.

Lenten blessings as we try to slow down and embrace the steadfast love of Jesus,


The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector
24 February 2021