Friday of the 5th Week of Lent, 2020

In today’s Gospel from the Book of John, a group of people were preparing to throw rocks at Jesus, and then they tried to arrest him, but he was able to escape across the Jordan River. In today’s homily from Father Jerry, a Buddhist master asks a group of his students to go into town and steal anything they can find: food, money, and valuables. “No one can know,” added the Master, telling the students to not get caught. Watch Father’s full message below.

Reading – Jeremiah 20:10-13

I hear the whisperings of many:
“Terror on every side!
Denounce! let us denounce him!”
All those who were my friends
are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
and take our vengeance on him.”
But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.
In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
who probe mind and heart,
Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
for to you I have entrusted my cause.
Sing to the LORD,
praise the LORD,
For he has rescued the life of the poor
from the power of the wicked!