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First Saturday of Passiontide

March 31, 2012

JMJ

Blessed Saturday!

O God, who have made all those reborn in Christ
a chosen race and a royal priesthood,
grant us, we pray, the grace to will and to do what You command,
that the people called to eternal life
may be one in the faith of their hearts
and the homage of their deeds.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
(Opening Prayer for today’s Mass)

Readings:
Ezekiel 37:21-28 (God will unite His people in holiness)
Jeremiah 31:10-13 (The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock)
+John 11:45-56 (it is better for one man to die for the people)

it is better for you that one man should die
instead of the people,
so that the whole nation may not perish
-John 11:50

He spoke the truth
despite himself.
He did not speak as man
but as high priest
he prophesied.

God’s ways are not like ours.

We would insist
on worthy lips
to bear our heart,
on glorious means
to serve our end.

God’s not deterred,
He speaks His Word
through hellish mouth
to save His own.
He works through vicious tragedy
to serve His glorious purposes
to make us one.

He who scattered Israel now gathers them together…
-Jeremiah 31:10, 12

Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation,
but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God
-John 11:51-52

He creates blessings from a curse!
redeems the vilest crime.
This is our God!
It’s just like Him.

Our part is to partake.

they shall come streaming to the Lord’s blessings:
the grain, the wine and the oil
-Jeremiah 31:12

The Eucharist (once grain and wine!),
the sacraments (anointed ones)
…within His Church…
they make us one.

What happens to your trust in God when He works through unworthy, even vicious,
people and things for your benefit?
Do you think of the sacraments as “the Lord’s blessings”?
Do you “come streaming” to them?
Do you gather with “the dispersed children of God” in fulfillment of Jesus death?

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