Wherever they may be, let all my brothers remember that they have given themselves and abandoned their bodies to the Lord Jesus Christ.  For love of Him, they must make themselves vulnerable to their enemies, both visible and invisible, because the Lord says:  Whoever loses his life because of me will save it in eternal life.  Blessed are they who suffer persecution of the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.  If they persecute you in one town, flee to another.  Blessed are you when people hate you, speak evil of you, persecute, expel, and abuse you, denounce your  name as evil and utter every kind of slander against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad on that day because you reward is great in heaven.

St. Francis of Assisi, The Earlier Rule, 74-75

Scripture for the day: And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”  But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25-37)

Lenten action for the day: Like Christ, we sometimes try our best to do good, then wind up being wounded.  God calls us to trust Him, and to continue to extend ourselves to others, even after we’ve been hurt.  Pray that God would give you strength and courage to give of yourself, even if there is risk of pain involved.