A Lenten Meditation on John 11:45-56 for the 5th Saturday of Lent


The next few moments, surrender all the cares and concerns of the stay to the lord. Say slowly, from your heart, Jesus. I trust in you. You. Take over. Become aware that he is with you. Looking upon you with love. Wanting to be heard, deep within your heart. A reading from the holy gospel according to John, chapter 11 versus 45 through 56. Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him, but some of them went to tell the pharisees what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and pharisees called a meeting. Here is this man working all these signs, they said, and what action are we taking? If we let him go on in this way, everybody will believe in him. In the Romans will come and destroy the holy place and our nation. One of them, caiaphas, the high priest that year said. You do not seem to have grasped the situation at all. You failed to see that it is better for one man to die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed. He did not speak in his own person. It was as high priest that he made this prophecy that Jesus was to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but to gather together in unity the scattered children of God. From that day they were determined to kill him. So Jesus no longer went about openly among the Jews, but left the district for a town called ephraim in the country bordering on the desert, and stayed there with his disciples. The Jewish Passover drew near, and many of the country people who had gone up to Jerusalem to purify themselves, looked out for Jesus, saying to one another as they stood about in the temple. What do you think? Will he come to the festival or not? What word made this passage come alive for you?

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