Christ the Bridegroom

This is that last perfection with which that King will join you to Himself in the heavenly bridal chamber where He is seated in glory on a starry throne, because you have despised the splendor of an earthly kingdom and considered of little value the offers of an imperial marriage.  Instead, as someone zealous for the holiest poverty, in a spirit of great humility and the most ardent love, you have held fast to the footprints of Him to Whom you merited to be joined in marriage.

St. Clare of Assisi, “The Second Letter to Agnes of Prague, ” 47 (Emperor Frederick II had offered marriage to Agnes, and she declined)

Scripture for the day: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.   For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48)

Lenten action for the day: In order to reflect Christ’s perfect love to the world, when someone angers, hurts, or annoys you, respond in love with a kind word.