One Minute Reflection – 12 April – Friday of the Fifth Week, Year C, Gospel: John 10:31–42
Again they tried to arrest him but he escaped from their hands…John 10:39
REFLECTION – “As we approach Holy Week, we are confronted with one of the most paradoxical mysteries of our faith – Why do we reject the love of Jesus Christ in our lives? The daily Gospels have been slowly building to a crescendo through growing hatred of Jesus. In the face of that hatred, Jesus continues to present them with the truth that He is the Son of God. As He asks people to look to His teachings and works as proof that He is God’s Son, the teachings and works are completely overlooked and one message is clearly emerging – Kill the messenger. Jesus’s offer of recognising Him in the world, is an offer, that is relevant and available today. The “good works” He inaugurated are on view, whenever one goes beyond oneself and reaches out in love and compassion. They are continued, when one speaks an enhancing word or performs a loving action. These are visible in selfless service and forgiveness,. They are visible when love is made real.”…Fr Errol Fernandes SJ
PRAYER – Holy Father, our Father, help us to lay down the stones of hate and embrace Your Son who stands before us in need. Teach us to see His Face in those who cry out to us. Teach us compassion and love. Listen to the prayers of St Teresa de los Andes, she who in her short life proved the immense power of divine love extended to all. Mary, your Immaculate Heart is our school. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity, amen.