March 26, 2010
Third Week of Lent
John 10: 31-42
In these final weeks of Lent, the confrontations between Christianity and the Pharisees become more frequent and, as we learn from this account from Saint John, they have now turned violent: “They picked up stones to hurl at Him.” Their aggressive attitude and verbal exchanges have gone far beyond words. It is clearly an act of hatred and desperation.
But why? What would lead these men to respond in the way they have? Envy and hatred certainly play their part but these vices are strengthened by a deep and seemingly impenetrable blindness. The Pharisees have chosen not “to see” and have “closed their eyes” to the Truth who stands before them.
May the Grace of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, coupled with our Lenten practices enable us to listen intently to Christianity as He speaks to us through the Church and in Sacred Scripture. May we come to recognize Him and to understand Him as the Way, the Truth and the Life.