March 24, 2018 – SATURDAY, 5th Week of Lent
Ez 37:21- 28/ Jn 11:45-56
FROM THE 1ST READING: Ez 37: 26- 28
I shall establish a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant. shall settle them and they will increase and I shall put my sanctuary in their midst forever. I shall make my home at their side; I shall be their God and they will be my people. Then the nations will know that I am Yahweh who makes Israel holy, having my sanctuary among them forever.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 11: 45- 56
Many of the Jews who had come with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw what he did; but some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees called the Sanhedrin Council.
They said, "What are we to do? For this man keeps on giving miraculous signs. If we let him go on like this, all the people will believe in him and, as a result of this, the Romans will come and sweep away our Holy Place and our nation."
Then one of them, Caiaphas, who was High Priest that year, spoke up, "You know nothing at all nor do you see clearly what you need. It is better to have one die for the people than let a whole nation be destroyed."
In saying this Caiaphas did not speak for himself, but being High Priest that year, he foretold as a prophet that Jesus would die for the nation, and not only for the nation only, but also to gather into one the scattered children of God. So, from that day on, they were determined to kill him..
In the first reading Yahweh promises to restore his covenanted people in the
In the Gospel reading Jesus had just raised his friend Lazarus from the dead. Many then showed their faith in him as the Messiah.
The chief priests and the leaders of the Jews feared that their Roman masters would not allow a Messiah in their midst: their nation was then in danger. Caiaphas, the high priest, concluded it was "better to have one die for the people than let the whole nation be destroyed." From then on they were determined to kill Jesus.
The Gospel writer commented that Caiaphas, unwittingly, was prophesying that through his saving death Jesus would give life to humankind, "that Jesus would die not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the scattered children of God."
God's ways are not man's ways. Indeed through his violent death on the cross Jesus has brought hope and life to all mankind.
As we approach Holy Week we reflect on God's amazing love and kindness in sending us his only begotten Son "to call sinners" and to give his body and pour out his blood for the forgiveness of sins of all the world.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Xandradel R. Cruz
Gerard Pierre Sykat
Patrick & Billie Sy!ing
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Consuela Cunanan (24 Mar 1974 - 08 Jan 1987)
William Ang Lim (23 Apr 1949 - 22 Mar 2074)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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