Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 37:21-28, Psalm (Jeremiah) 31:10-13,
& John 11:45-56
Today’s readings remind us that as Christians, we are all citizens of the nation of Christ. Other national boundaries are meaningless as we are subject to God first and foremost. We hear from the prophet Ezekiel how God gathers the Israelites, who have been scattered to different countries, back together into one nation of people and worshiping one God.
Our Lord Jesus, who is King of kings, brings all Christians together in the same way. Even though people are separated by nationality, location, or language, they are brought together by one belief, one God, the King of all nations.
Today’s Gospel narrative is leading up to Easter, leading up to Christ’s sacrifice, and thinking ahead to the results of that sacrifice. When Christ died, He brought into being that new nation of Christians, united under one God, one King, and one Belief. Through this one death, a whole new nation was created.
Sisters and brothers, we can go anywhere in the world for Holy Mass, and we will experience the coming together of the Christian community for celebration. Separate nationalities and languages become meaningless in the larger Christian community. All we have to do is listen to Fr. John Foley’s song, “One Bread, One Body,” we are indeed one body in this one Lord.
Question of the Day: How will you allow God’s Spirit to dwell in you today?
Prayer: “Christ was handed over, to gather into one the scattered children of God.”