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When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he

Isaiah 53:3-4: He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and he carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, your plan to redeem us takes our breath away. Why you chose to take your precious son and expose him to such public disgrace while he was on earth we will never comprehend. But this we do know: you love us with an everlasting love and we will serve you with all of our strength in thanks for his great sacrifice. Thank you for your love. In the name of Infant Jesus, our Lord, we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (April 12, 2011)
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
First Reading:  Numbers 21:4-9
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 102:2-3,16-18,19-21
Gospel:  John 8:21-30
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (John 8:21-30)
While a lot of people believed in Jesus and his message, many others, including the religious privileged, opposed him. Some plainly mocked him when he warned them about their sin of non-belief. It's not possible to be indifferent to Jesus' word and his judgments. We are either meant for him or against him. There are no middle grounds or unbiased parties. When Jesus spoke concerning going away he was speaking about his go back to his Father and to his glory. His opponents could not pursue him because by their continuous disobedience to the word of God and their negative response to accept him, they had closed themselves off from God. Jesus warned them that if they continued to decline him they would die in their sins. Jesus' words echoed the prophetic warning given to Ezekiel where God warns his people listen to his word before the time is too behind. God gives us time to turn to him and to be given his grace, but that time is right now. There are convinced opportunities in life that come and do not go back. Each of us is given the chance to know and to accept Jesus Christ, because he our Lord and Savior. But that opportunity can be discarded and lost. Life here is limited and short, but how we live it has eternal consequences. Do you take benefit of the present time to make room for God so that your life will count for perpetuity?
(Lent, Easter and Sunday Homilies - Sermon by Fr Kuriakose)


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