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April 03, 2009

For Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

John 10:31-42

Today in the Gospel, it is the Anniversary Feast of the Dedication of the Temple of God.
The Gospel opens today inside the Temple, in the land of Judea, and it ends outside the land of Judea.
Inside the Temple, Jesus had just spoken what seemed to be a hint at the “Creed” of Israel, but with a blasphemous twist.
The “Creed” of God’s Chosen People is:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God!
The Lord is one!

Instead of saying, “The Lord our God is one,” Jesus had dared to say, “I and the Father are one.”
So, men have taken stones to kill him for the blasphemy of calling himself the Son of God.
A “holy week” from today, we shall worshipfully recall the day Jesus died not under a hail of stones, but by crucifixion.
He is God the Son.
The wonder of his death is that he undertook it so that sins may be forgiven— sins that all began with men wanting to be like God [Gen. 3:5].
Today in the Gospel, Jesus escapes death for the time being, and leaves the land of Judea.
Both before and after his death and resurrection, he told his followers to meet him outside Judea.
Judea and its Temple dedicated to the True God would see him no more.
Now men everywhere would be temples of his resurrection.
Beyond the ancient lie of Satan and the false dream of Adam and Eve, Christ makes men and women to be like God.
In baptism, the power of the Holy Spirit joins us to the anointed flesh and blood of the Son of God in his death, resurrection, and ascent to the throne of his Father and ours.
At our coming Night Vigil of his Resurrection, and on the morning after, we shall again forswear Satan and our sins.
We shall again claim our baptismal faith and inheritance to live and die for God and as the sons and daughters of God in Christ.
Increasingly in the United States of America, to fit in with the feelings, thoughts, opinions, and choices of our society and culture is to be disloyal to God in Christ.
Said in another way: to be loyal to Christ means more and more to commit blasphemy in the eyes of our society and culture.
Then let us do so, and risk death by stoning or otherwise, that we may be honest in celebrating the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.
If fear drives us back, if we fall into sin, Christ is always ready to welcome us back by way of our repentance.
No one else has the words of everlasting life.

That God Be Glorified in All


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