Today’s Gospel Reading: John 11:45-56 – 5th WEEK OF LENT: Saturday, 13 April 2019
As we enter the final week of Lent, the liturgy focuses our attention on God’s undying commitment to His plan of salvation. As we read about the events leading to Jesus’ death, it might appear as though the Jewish leaders and Roman authorities had the upper hand and were in control. In reality, however, God was behind everything that happened, as He firmly guided His plan to completion. He even used Caiaphas, Israel’s high priest that year, to prophesy that Jesus would die for the nation. Caiaphas meant to say nothing more than that killing Jesus was the politically expedient thing to do – but God had other plans.
As Jesus approached His final week, He remained focused on the Father’s plan, even as the conspiracy against Him grew. The Gospel tells us that many of the Jews who had witnessed Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead came to believe in Him, but that others reported Him to the Pharisees (John 11:45-46). Nevertheless, despite the darkening of His situation, Jesus continued to rely on the Holy Spirit to keep Him close to His Father and enable Him to obey.
God still sends signs to His Church to help His children grow deeper in their faith. Some will open their hearts and believe that Jesus is the Messiah, and others will question and doubt out of fear. And, as happened in Jesus’ time. God will continue to advance His Kingdom through those who trust in Him despite the difficulties.
Now, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to open our hearts as we prepare for Holy Week. Let us hold fast to the path God has set before us. Each path is unique; each has its own shades of darkness and challenge. Still, they all lead to Jesus, our one hope and comfort. Every time we ponder the mysteries of our redemption, we can grow in our love for Jesus and in our desire to remain obedient to His calling for us. God has called us all to advance His Kingdom. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us our potential in Him.
Jakarta, 13 April 2019
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