Since it’s the second of three Ember Days, there are special antiphons for the Gospel canticles (as are there for all of the canticles, at least in my version of the Divine Office.) Here’s the one for today for the Benedictus (same translation as before, to spare you my bad Latin): “A woman who was a sinner in the city, stood at the feet of the Lord behind Him, and with tears began to wash His feet and wipe them with the hairs of hear head; and she kissed His feet, and anointed them with ointment.1“
I’ve been blessed to have been spared the horror of an abusive advisor, although I know there are many in graduate programs, who have them. The brokenness of an abusive relationship doesn’t go away with time, and it’s easy to feel like the woman in the antiphon–broken beyond help, and like “damaged goods.” In the account of it in Luke, it’s her love which frees her. Today’s prayer is for all those in the grad student/advisor relationship, both good and bad–may we all be guided by unconditional love.
1 from Luke 7:38, with bits from 37.