Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.

John 11 45-56

How prophetic are these words that come from Caiaphas. Even though Caiaphas and the Jewish people could not see who Jesus was, with these words above, they spoke into reality what had been God’s intention since the fall of humankind. God knew from that moment that the remedy for this breach in our relationship with Him could only come from one source and He — as our creator, our God, our Father — would pay our price.

God believed that it was better for one man to die than for a whole nation to perish, for all of creation to not be reunited with its divine source. So God put on our flesh and like the words Abraham had spoken long before he provided the lamb for the sacrifice. There is no greater love, no greater sacrifice than what we will see and unfold this weekend and over the next week as we approach Easter. Though our hearts may be troubled now, may we never lose sight of the great gift given to us — a gift we are selflessly called to share with each other.

May the blessings of God, which knows no bounds, be with you, your family and our world now and forever. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.