Thursday, Third Week of Advent

Theme: Jeremiah the Prophet
Symbol: Tears

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The prophet Jeremiah wailing alone on a hill. Engraving. By Welcome Images.

Prayer of Ven. Bruno Lanteri

Almighty and Eternal God, I (name), although most  unworthy, but encouraged by your compassion and infinite mercy, and by the desire of serving you, offer before the Most Holy Virgin Mary and all the Court of Heaven, to your Divine Majesty, this day, and all my thoughts, words and actions in it. I humbly beg of your infinite goodness and mercy, by the Blood of Jesus Christ, that you choose to accept this offering in the odor of sweetness, and that as you have given me the grace to desire and to make this offering, so also you grant me the grace to fulfill it. Amen.

O Virgin immaculately conceived, put into my heart those things of your Son most pleasing to him. Amen.

Scripture: Jeremiah 14:17
Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease: for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.

Reflection: Tears manifest the disposition of a person. When Peter heard the cock crow after he had denied Christ three times he shed tears. He was contrite of heart. This was practically missing in Judas who went and committed suicide. Christ’s coming is so near, the demand for sincere and heart felt tears night and day is high. Christ needs a living tabernacle in which to dwell. He was denied at the inn and animals accepted and shared with him their abode. He is asking for a suitable dwelling place.