Saturday 1 April 2023

About Today Readings

FIFTH WEEK OF LENT | PSALTER WEEK I

Ezekiel 37:21-28. The Lord will guard us, like a shepherd guarding his flock – Jeremiah 31:10-13. John 11:45-56.

I will bring them home and make them one nation

Reading Ezekiel, the continuing conflicts in modern Israel and Palestine spring to mind. The words, ‘Never again shall they be two nations, and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms’ speak of hope . . . maybe God’s words are yet to pass? We can only pray that is so. Or maybe Israel stands for heaven or the reunification of the Christian Church? My thoughts turn to today’s persecuted Christians as I read Jeremiah and turn my prayers to beseeching the Lord to keep them safe. The Christian path has never been easy, even for privileged Australians who live in relative safety. In John, God demonstrates empathy for those martyred for Christianity or for the good of others, to the point where he lets his own Son suffer the same fate. I sympathise with those who loved Jesus in his lifetime. Our Saviour was sacrificed to avoid Roman persecution. We must work for better in this harsh world.

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