Saturday of the Fifth Week
As we approach Palm Sunday, the reading from Ezekiel reminds us of God’s promises to us: that God’s people will be gathered and united as one people. God will cleanse us of our sins and it “shall be an everlasting covenant…I will be their God and they shall be my people.”
The Responsorial Psalm from Jeremiah comforts us with the same promises of being made one nation, redeemed and guarded as the sheep of God’s flock, our mourning turned into joy. We will be consoled and gladdened after our sorrows.
These reminders of the promises are important to cling to as the reading from John’s Gospel tells us of the events that follow Jesus’s raising of Lazarus. As many begin to believe in Jesus, others begin to plot His demise and begin the events that lead to Calgary. The Passover is approaching and Jesus and His disciples leave Mary and Lazarus and head to Ephraim near the desert and stay out of public view for awhile. Jesus will return to Jerusalem in the short lived triumph of Palm Sunday.
Dear Jesus, help us to see Your compassion for us, fulfilling the covenant of love You freely give us in Your life, death and resurrection. Help us to share that compassion with all. We ask this in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Stephanie Noakes, ‘80, Office of Admission
First Reading: Ezekiel 37:21-28
Psalm: Jeremiah 31:10-13
Gospel: John 11:45-56
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website