Plotting against Jesus

Today's Gospel reading: John 11:45-56

As we stand on the eve of Holy Week, we are invited to enter into the mystery of the cross.  It is not possible to escape the difficult reality that God's beloved Son was delivered up to the most brutal, cruel and torturous method of capital punishment known to mankind.  The only way the human race could be saved was by Jesus embracing the cross.  Flesh and blood alone cannot penetrate this mystery – we need a revelation of the Holy Spirit.

"The world is full of mysteries: heaven is all mystery to us earthly creatures.  But whoever embraces the cross with open heart finds there the explanation of a thousand mysteries." (Archbishop William Ullathorne).


(from Bible Alive)

The Cross

Today's Gospel reading: John 8:21-30
The cross was an historic event which is made present to us every time we celebrate the Eucharist.  St Bonaventure said of St Francis of Assisi:”The memory of Christ Jesus crucified was ever present in the depths of his heart like a bundle of myrrh.”  This Lent we pray for this same grace – that the memory of the cross, of Jesus lifted up, may so burn in our minds and hearts that it brands therein the sure knowledge of God’s love, not only for us but for the whole of humankind.  If we seek the cross of Christ this Lent, we will find the glory of Christ, because nothing so reveals his beauty, his truth and his goodness than his cross

(from Bible Alive)
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