The Catholic Calendar for Saturday, April 3, 2004
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Ezekiel 37:21-28
Jeremiah 31:10-13
John 11:45-56

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's Gospel we see the ever-deepening plan to apprehend, convict and ultimately eliminate Jesus. It is, sadly, a scenario that we often find ourselves involved with and even more sadly, fail to recognize and comprehend.

For some, and perhaps many, the historical suffering and death of Jesus is just that: something that happened rather than something that is ongoing. Granted, Jesus suffered and died once and for all for the sinfulness of mankind, but that has not eliminated the suffering that Jesus in His Mystical Body--The Church--continues to suffer.

We understand this when we experience in our own lives suffering that does not explicitly happen to us, yet causes us pain as if it was happening to us. It is no different for the suffering heart of Jesus that beats within His living Church.

Let us then, not be careless and forgetful; let us not in our own way plot against others, apprehending their reputations and killing the goodness that lies within.

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)

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