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Lawrence King, age 15, killed because he was gay.

“Now I have the prayers of the poor, the strong, merciful, invincible prayers of the poor behind me, and in me, changing my whole life and my whole outlook on life.”

Thomas Merton. Turning Toward the World. Edited by Victor A. Kramer (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1997): 32.

He went again to Cana in Galilee, where he had changed the water into wine.  And there was court official whose son was ill at Capernaum; hearing that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judaea, he went and asked him to come and cure his son, as he was at the point of death.  Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and portents you will not believe!”  “Sir,” answered the official, “Come down before my child dies.”  “Go home, said Jesus, “your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus had said and went on his way home.  John 4: 46-50

“The descending way of Jesus, painful as it is, is God’s most radical attempt to convince us that everything we long for is indeed given us.  What he asks of us is to have faith in that love.  The word ‘faith’ is often understood as accepting something you cannot understand.  People often say: ‘Such and such cannot be explained; you simply have to believe it.’  However, when Jesus talks about faith, he first of all to trust unreservedly that you are loved, so that you can abandon every false way of obtaining love.”

to read the rest of this devotional see Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings by Henri Nouwen