Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 4 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12abcd, 13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
It is better for you
that one man should die instead of the people,
so that the whole nation may not perish. (see John 11:50)
Ezekiel was unique for he was the first prophet to rise from the Israelites who had been exiled to Babylon. In the fifth year of captivity, the people were despairing over being scattered among other nations, but those exiled in Babylon kept to their faith under Ezekiel's leadership, a man later called the "Father of Judaism."
Ezekiel assured his people that they would return to their homeland and the two warring Jewish factions would be united to live in peace. Chapter 37 is rich in meaning, as the vision of the "dry bones" proclaims their being restored to life through the spirit God would instill in them. Then, cleansed from idolatry and guided by one "shepherd" (foreshadowing Christ), they could be united in a new, everlasting covenant of peace, seen by all as God's holy nation.
Vatican II taught that today's Gospel is not placing blame for Christ's death on one particular group. The Romans, who occupied and taxed Israel, realized it was to their advantage to leave the Jews to practice their religion undisturbed, since it was a unifying force that kept the people in relative peace. The Israelite religious hierarchy, left undisturbed by their captors, enjoyed an element of safety in their maintaining authority over the people.
Christ, however, presented a great threat to their slim balance of power as well as to the "faith" that held their people together. The great irony of Christ's death is that it brought the offer of a new life and peace to the entire world which still sadly remains both deaf and blind to God's great, sacrificial gift.
O Redeemer God,
bring sight of God's glory to our eyes and hearing to our ears of Christ's Word of life, that our world may experience a rebirth and renewal.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, April 4, 2009
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent
St. Isidore, bishop and doctor of the Church
Lives of the saints:
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