April 12, 2014
THE FIFTH SATURDAY OF LENT
Ezekiel 37: 21-28 * John 11: 45-56
On this last Saturday of Lent, the prophet Ezekiel is practical about details, and says we should be united in politics (one prince), in worship (one sanctuary), and in our country and world (one land).
Our Gospel tells us that many of the Jews had seen what Jesus was doing and put their faith in him; however, some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus was doing. To the religious leaders, Jesus’ miracles could not be from God. So, there is an emergency meeting of the religious leaders, Sadducees and Pharisees, chief priests, elders among the people, experts in the law; and their conclusion was . . . “If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will take away our land and nation . . . one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish”.
Jesus lived out the hopes and the injunctions of Ezekiel. He interacted with politics, religion, and social customs. He cured the sick and the handicapped on the Sabbath and broke religious taboos; he threatened political structures where even the high priest was the tool and appointee of the Romans; he ate and drank with publicans and other non-observant people. Jesus was showing us how to share the best of himself, even at the risk of his life.
- Do we allow fears or people-pleasing, or an exaggerated feeling of our own ego to prevent us from following the values of Jesus when we know we should?
- Do we sometimes look the other way and just let things slide past so we won’t be confronted or corrected?
Deacon Switzer Deason
Deacon Switzer Deason serves as a permanent deacon at St. Mary’s Catholic Center.
St. Mary's Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.