Fourth Week of Lent
March 18, 2010
John 5: 31 – 47
At Mass during these days late in the Season of Lent, we “listen in” to a series of conversations which are recorded in the Gospel of Saint John. They take place in the closing weeks of Jesus’ life.
Christianity is responding to a number of accusations and charges brought against Him by some of the Jewish leaders. For three years Jesus has been preaching and working miracles and the simple and humble people see and believe but these men do not.
Their arrogance and pride blind them. Truth Itself is speaking to them and although they “hear Him”, they are not “listening” to Him. As Jesus observes:…”but you do not want to come to me to have eternal life.”
To listen and to believe, to listen and to accept requires humility and receptivity, virtues not to be found among these men. Yet Christianity continues to “press His case,” so to speak. He carefully carries out His Father’s Will knowing where it will ultimately lead Him.
May the humility, obedience and patience of Jesus in the face of such an opposition give us the Grace during these remaining weeks of Lent so that we too will do all that the Lord is asking of us.
May we complete our penance through the intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows who accompanied her Divine Son to Calvary.
V. We adore Thee O Christianity and we praise Thee;
Rx. Because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.