Lenten Reflection for 3/24
Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Almighty Ever-Living God, who as an example of humility for the human race, caused our Savior to take flesh and submit to the Cross, graciously grant that we may heed His lesson of patient suffering and so merit a share in His Resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22; John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
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So they tried to arrest him,
but no one laid a hand upon him,
because his hour had not yet come.
The reading from Wisdom was written about a century before the birth of Jesus. Yet it foreshadows the events of Good Friday: because “the just one…styles himself a child of the Lord, with revilement and torture condemn him to a shameful death.”
The reading from the Gospel of John shows that Jesus’ time will end soon. The “Jews,” the Pharisees and Sadducees, have accused him of blasphemy for saying He was the Son of God (yesterday’s reading from John). Jesus knows it is dangerous to travel to Jerusalem for the feast of the Tabernacles. Yet Jesus does so because it is one of three times of the year when all Jews are called to Jerusalem, and Jesus did not come to abolish the law.
Still, “no one laid a hand upon him.” Have you noticed how Jesus often slips away? He does so here in this passage; He does so in Luke 4:30, which we read on the Monday of the Third Week of Lent; and He does so in Luke 5:16 and Matthew 14:13.
On each of these occasions, Jesus is busy doing His Father’s work. His Father’s work is not yet finished, and so Jesus is not yet arrested. But soon He will be.
- How do I react when I am falsely accused? Do I follow the example of Jesus?
- What can I do during these final days of Lent to better prepare myself to celebrate the Resurrection?
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