Thursday 5th Lent


A Pilgrim's Daily Prayer

Called through the Word to the everlasting journey in the Spirit

from nothingness to union with the One who is the Beginning and the End

Unknown Illustrator of Jerome Nadal's 'Evangelicae Historiae Imagines', The Attempt to Stone Jesus, 1593

 

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent:                      Death, Where is Your Victory?

 

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Genesis 17:3-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gospel: John 8:51-59

 

"Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death (NRSV, Jn 8:51)."

 

Let us pray.

 

Father, as we reflect upon John’s Gospel, it becomes clear that Jesus is resurrected throughout his entire life here on earth.  Death for Jesus, as ignominious as it seems, is not his undoing but rather his hour of glory.  Every moment of Jesus’ life is a manifestation, Father, of the living out of your inner life: giving and receiving shared in love.  The power of this life goes out from Jesus to heal others who would accept it.  No one, nothing, can extinguish this truly divine life.  Death then for Jesus is not undoing, a defeat, even a temporary one, later to be overcome.  For Jesus, death is passage from a worldly existence into the world to come, where he now sits at your right hand.

 

Jesus’ death, Father, is truly sacramental, an outward sign of inward grace.  Your one act that is saving in every situation is lived out on earth in every moment of Jesus’ life but never more manifest than in his death which sums up in one instant the total giving of his life to you, Father, in love.

 

Father, may we join with our sisters and brothers of all times and places who have accepted resurrected life here on earth through the Word dwelling within them and whose deaths also are not defeat but passage to a fuller existence with you in the Holy Spirit.

 

Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.      

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