Close to the brokenhearted

The Responsorial Psalm for Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent offers comfort to those experiencing pain:

Psalm 34:17-23: “The LORD’S face is against evildoers to wipe out their memory from the earth.

When the just cry out, the LORD hears and rescues them from all distress.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed.

Many are the troubles of the just, but the LORD delivers from them all.

God watches over all their bones; not a one shall be broken.

Evil will slay the wicked; those who hate the just are condemned.

The LORD redeems loyal servants; no one is condemned whose refuge is God.”

(Via USCCB.)

We struggle to do what is right. In the face of great odds, we struggle against those who act against God’s will. Sometimes it is as simple as basic human kindness and decency. We are crushed and dispirited, and lament the apparent pointlessness and futility.

Psalm 34 reminds us otherwise. We shall triumph in the end.

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