Posted by: livingscripture | March 24, 2018

Fifth Saturday of Lent

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Fifth Saturday of Lent, March 24, 2018

WORD of the DAY 

Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what He had done began to believe in him.   But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs.  If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.”   (John 11: 45-48)

 

How shall I live this Word?

By raising Lazarus Jesus reveals how much God is for life and is the Lord of life.  This sign generates faith in many people, while it creates fear in some.  Fear is the word that obstacles change, closes the heart, and creates alibis.  The Jews asked for signs but now they feel they need to defend themselves in the face of the many signs that require a choice.

This is the paradox in which those Jews fall who decide to kill Jesus: “This man is performing many signs.  If we leave Him alone, all will believe in Him and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation”.  In order to defend a dream that has become an idol, the leaders of the people refuse the newness of the sign that God offers them: the sign of salvation.  

Purify me, O Lord, help me to know how to grasp the essential in everything! Amen! 

The voice of Cardinal François Xavier Van Twan, Witness

I spent nine years in isolation.  During this time, I celebrated Mass every day toward three in the afternoon, the hour Jesus was agonizing on the Cross.  I am alone.  I can sing my Mass as I wish, in Latin, French, Vietnamese.  I always carry with me a little bag containing the Blessed Sacrament, “You in me and me in You”.  They are the most beautiful Masses of my life.  In the evening between nine and ten, I make an hour of adoration; I sing in Vietnamese, despite the noise of the loudspeaker that goes on from five in the morning to eleven thirty at night.  I feel a unique peacefulness of spirit and of heart, and the joy, the serenity of the company of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.  I sing in union with the universal Church.  What do I do in the moments of infinite sadness?  I look at Jesus, crucified and abandoned on the Cross.

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