Posted by: livingscripture | March 27, 2010

Fifth Saturday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 Since he was High Priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.

                                             John 11: 51-52

 How should we live this Word

 From today’s first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel, we can see God’s active will to gather Israel and the whole of humanity into the unity of one fold.  He Himself would take care of it.  Now in the fullness of time, its realization comes about in an unthinkable way.  In fact, the speaker wants to convince us that Jesus’ suppression is necessary.

 Caiaphas’ words are motivated by purely political interests.  Yet, without knowing it, God prophesies through his voice.  Yes, Jesus’ death is the chosen way for the face of God-Love to be unveiled to everyone so that through it we can re-discover the road to unity.  With this affirmation, we are at the heart of Jesus’ mission, to unite the dispersed children of God.  Jesus intends to continue this task through His Mystical Body.

 This is the reason for our Christian vocation, the meaning of our being leaven, salt, light.  We too must live deeply Jesus’ prayer, that they all may be one!  This unity is to be built day after day, with tenacity, aware that its price is the very blood of Jesus.  It is a unity that must begin in each of us and then extend to the family, the parish, the Church, the entire world.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let this word question me and lead me to commit myself to work for unity within myself and with those around me.

 Lord, place in my heart the same passion You have for unity.  Grant that following Your example, I too may be ready to pay a personal price so that it may be realized.

 The voice of Hèlder Camara, Contemporary Prophet

 Seeing the beautiful necklace, I admired it as in a dream.  Above all, I admired the thread that united all the stones and anonymously immolated itself so that a unity could be formed.


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