Posted by: livingscripture | April 4, 2009

Fifth Saturday of Lent

From the Word of the Day


I will deliver them from all their sins of apostasy, and cleanse them so that they may be my people and I may be their God.

  (Ezekiel 37, 23)


How should we live this Word


How beautiful it is as we near Holy Week, to hear solemnly renewed the nuptial covenant that God stipulated with Abraham and with all of Israel, and with all of humanity as well.  Immediately after God says, ‘I will make with them a covenant of peace; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them’ (v. 26). 


Our lucid and willful  opposition, our continual sinning has distanced us from what God wants of us.  God wants to free us from this rebellion.  It is consoling to understand that the pact of the Covenant is resolved even in God’s purifying action in regard to our sin.  All the blood that Jesus shed on the way to Golgotha, all the redemptive power of His passion and death that we are about to celebrate, are such strong ‘detergents’, that no stain can resist.  Thus God speaks of ‘a covenant of peace that shall be everlasting’ and will never be betrayed.cross-1


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will gaze on the glorious cross of Jesus from which flow rivers of grace.  I will expose myself to them.  I will ask to be purified.  Even though the covenant is absolutely gratuitous, I know that it calls for loving attention on my part to avoid falling into the foolishness of rebellion against God’s will and therefore against my own true good.


Lord, grant that my soul may be vigilant!  Grant that I may be aware and joyfully receive the impetus of grace that comes from You.  Grant that I may immediately recognize all that takes me away from You and disturbs the peace of Your covenant.


The voice of St. Augustine, Church Doctor


We are all born with sin.  In living, we all add something to what we were at birth…Where would we be had the sinless One not come to absolve us from all sin?  Because they did not believe in Him, the Jews rightly heard Him say to them, ‘You will all die in your sin’.  It is impossible to be without sin since we were born in sin.  However, Jesus is saying, if you believe in Me, even though born in sin, you will not die in your sin.


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