Thursday, February 21, 2013

a beautiful coincidence

This morning I was looking at the Mass readings for today; the first reading is from the book of Esther.

"Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, had recourse to the Lord. She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said:  'God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand. As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathers that you, O Lord, always free those who are pleasing to you. Now help me, who am alone and have no one but you, O Lord, my God.

And now, come to help me, an orphan. Put in my mouth persuasive words in the presence of the lion and turn his heart to hatred for our enemy, so that he and those who are in league with him may perish. Save us from the hand of our enemies; turn our mourning into gladness and our sorrows into wholeness.' "

Then I discovered that today is the Fast of Esther.  Well!

(Esther before Ahasuerus, by Artemisia Gentileschi)

Here is a prayer said in Catholic churches on the night before Easter -

Recalling our spiritual roots in biblical Israel
and remembering that Jesus was an authentic son of Israel,
we pray in a special way for the Jewish people
our elder brothers and sisters in covenant with God.
May our peoples be a blessing for each other and for the whole world.

(adapted from the Easter Vigil service)


  1. truly a beautiful coincidence!

  2. Esther is one of my favorite books. I love Esther 4:13-14, "Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, 'Do not think to yourself that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?'" How many times do we wonder just that? God's will is going to be done, with or without us, but He gives us a choice to be involved in His plans. When called to do something, we have to remember that we may have come to this point for this exact calling. Great book, Lisa.