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Thursday, Fourth Week of Lent

March 30, 2017

Ex 32:7-14; Jn 5: 31-47; Ps106: 19-23

By *Fr. Aghadi Onu, SJ

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 "We remember how you loved us to your death, and still we celebrate for you are with us here, and we believe that we will see you when you come, in your glory Lord, we remember, we celebrate, we believe."

How fickle and unstable the human mind is. No sooner had God brought Israel out of Egypt than they forget the deeds of the Lord. They forgot what the Lord had done for them. They sold short their freedom in exchange for the transient and momentary satisfaction of the golden calf. They were so concerned about what they see in the now that they forget the glory that lies ahead in the Promised Land.

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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2017

download"The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift"

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ's victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God "with all their hearts" (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive (cf. Homily, 8 January 2016).

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Reflection: WHERE HAVE YOU PUT HIM?

Thought of the day, From the Jesuits in Britain

0204 Jesus wept'At the sight of Mary's tears, and those of the Jews who followed her, Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart, "Where have you put him?" They said, "Lord, come and see." Jesus wept.'

John 11:33-35
Two small pieces of information: 'Jesus wept' is not only the shortest verse in the whole Bible, it also comes exactly halfway through the Gospel of John. More importantly, for much of this Gospel Jesus is serenely in control of every situation he encounters, but at the sight of Mary's tears he becomes so distressed that he weeps. In this pivotal moment Jesus' humanity and vulnerability and empathy could not be more plainly evident. And yet, just a moment later, Jesus' divinity and power over death could not be more plainly evident: he draws Lazarus back from the tomb and back into life.

The Gospel does not deny the reality of suffering and pain. These cannot be avoided, no matter how secure I try to make myself. To live is to be vulnerable, and to love is to give one's life over to another.

This is the human condition. What the Gospel is trying to tell us is that this human condition is also a place where we can find divine love, even beyond death.

As I think of my dying loved one, who possibly has only one or two weeks to live, I pray 'Lord, I am in the thrall of death, come and see'.

I feel Jesus' tears join my tears. I join my small hope in divine love to Jesus great hope in divine love.

In these final two weeks of Lent the tension between the ways of the world and the Word of Jesus is raised to breaking point.

I will walk with Jesus, terrified, but as close as I can.

 

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