2016 Lent Reflection-Week 4


Tuesday 08 March 2016

 Do We like Complaining?

“I have no one to put me into the pool.” -John 5:6

 How often do we really place our trust in the Lord? One of the legends associated with St. Francis tells of a vineyard near a church in the Rieti valley. Francis was staying there while being treated for eye problems. So many people came to visit him that the vineyard was trampled. The priest complained that he would not get the small yield of grapes on which he relied for his household wine each year. Francis assured him that he would harvest at least 20 loads, of grapes that year instead of the usual 13.

What’s more interesting than the miracle that Francis promised (and which did in fact occur) what Francis said to the priest: “Cease despairing don’t trouble anyone any more with your com­plaints. Have confidence in the Lord and in my words.”

How often do you trouble others with your complaints? Let today be different offer it up to the Lord and see how He rewards you. As St. Francis promised the priest an increase in his crop so the Lord promises us an increase in the inner peace that He will offer us.

Pray with St. Francis
Where there is Mercy and Prudence, there is neither Excess nor Harshness. Amen.