Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Reading 1: Ez. 37:21-28; Ps. Jer. 31:10, 11-12abcd, 13; Gospel: Jn. 11:45-56
“Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.”
Apparently the episode of raising Lazarus from the dead was quite an event. As is always the case, some of those who witness miracles draw up lessons for themselves and try to live accordingly. Some view it and then the effect of its grandeur weakens over time. There are always some who are not satisfied to keep it to themselves; they have to tell all and sundry about it. Most often such people do not really let the message sink it themselves. However, there will always be some who will ‘report’ it to those who they know will not approve of it. Their basic interest is only to watch interesting events from a safe distance. Their only joy and job is to ensure that such ‘thrilling events’ are witnessed so that they can be gossiped about later.
Everytime we celebrate the Holy Mass is nothing short of a miracle: the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus. What is our response to being part of such a memorial event? Do we draw personal lessons for life and attempt to live better? Or are we only satisfied to grumble about the length of the sermon, or the out of tune choir?