Posted by: livingscripture | March 31, 2012

Fifth Saturday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“One of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.”

                                            John 11: 49           

How should we live this Word

It is interesting to note the golden thread of Providence that runs through history.  It is precisely Caiaphas, the high priest, who unknowingly prophesies a radiant and consoling truth.  In his narrow logic, Caiaphas reasons that it is better that one man, in the person of Jesus the Nazarene, be sacrificed so that, according to his logic, Jerusalem will be at peace and the Romans will not destroy Israel.

Behold, it is only one man, precisely the one who is the Son of God and has handed Himself over freely to His murderers to cancel all sin with His holocaust.  According to tradition, the animals were sacrificed in the temple to expiate the sins committed by the Jews.  Here we have a quality leap of enormous proportions!  The victim is no longer an animal, but Christ, the Messiah.  The recipients are no longer only the Jews but ‘all of God’s children’ who belong to every people, race, and nation.

We pause here in awed contemplation.  Truly, God’s mercy has such wide arms that no one is excluded who wants to abandon self into them, trusting in Jesus, the Redeemer.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will thank Jesus for His tremendous goodness and love.

Lord Jesus, You teach me that in the heart of Your mystery of infinite love, no one is ever excluded, distanced, discriminated against.  Dilate my heart and help me to relate to others as You do and not according to my narrow, egotistical categories.

The voice of Mother Maria Candida of the Eucharist

Jesus loves you!  He pays the price of all of His most precious Blood to buy us.  Never be diffident of Him or of Mary, His sorrowful Mother.


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