Saturday of the Fifth WeekReflection
Today’s Scripture readings and the responsorial psalm tell us of God’s strong desire to unify and support His chosen people. In the first reading from the Old Testament, we learn of God’s plan to unite the Israelite people and return them to their land under the leadership of David. In the responsorial psalm, we learn that “the Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.” Thus, we are assured that He will provide what is necessary for this unification to be accomplished.
The Gospel for today demonstrates just how much God is willing to do for His people. He sends His only son, Jesus, to “gather into one the dispersed children of God.” Because of His effectiveness, Jesus is seen as a threat to the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they plot ways to kill Him.
God’s message today is very clear. He wants us to be united to one another and to Him. He has supported and will continue to support us in our efforts to accomplish this goal by responding to our petitions and by sending His Son to be with us.
PrayerLord, help us to be united as a people of faith and remind us that we can turn to You for the strength, support and courage we require to accomplish Your desire. Amen
Jerry Flanagan, ’71 and P’94, P’98, P’01, P’11, Senior Philanthropic Advisor
ScriptureFirst 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