In the Reading for Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent, Jeremiah attests to God’s help in adversity.  Many denounced Jeremiah.  Some even tried to kill him.  Yet the persecuted Jeremiah has unwavering confidence in God.  “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 …’ ” (Jeremiah 20:11).  Jeremiah and Jesus are models of trust in God’s goodness. God’s power is greater than any adversity.  Whether a terminal illness, an addiction, a ruptured relationship, the death of a loved one, or other adversities, God is with us.  How do you experience the presence of God in your struggles?

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