DAILY MASS READINGS (April 4, 2020)

SATURDAY OF THE 5TH WEEK OF LENT (CYCLE A, Violet)

Reading 1 (EZEKIEL 37:21-28)

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

Thus says the Lord GOD:
I will take the children of Israel from among the nations
to which they have come,
and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.
I will make them one nation upon the land,
in the mountains of Israel,
and there shall be one prince for them all. 
Never again shall they be two nations,
and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms.

No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols,
their abominations, and all their transgressions. 
I will deliver them from all their sins of apostasy,
and cleanse them so that they may be my people
and I may be their God.
My servant David shall be prince over them,
and there shall be one shepherd for them all;
they shall live by my statutes and carefully observe my decrees.
They shall live on the land that I gave to my servant Jacob,
the land where their fathers lived;
they shall live on it forever,
they, and their children, and their children’s children,
with my servant David their prince forever.
I will make with them a covenant of peace;
it shall be an everlasting covenant with them,
and I will multiply them, and put my sanctuary among them forever.
My dwelling shall be with them;
I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Thus the nations shall know that it is I, the LORD,
who make Israel holy,
when my sanctuary shall be set up among them forever.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (JEREMIAH 31:10, 11-12ABCD, 13)

R. (see 10d)  The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.
Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
he guards them as a shepherd his flock.
R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.
The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings:
The grain, the wine, and the oil,
the sheep and the oxen.
R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.
Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

Verse Before The Gospel (EZEKIEL 18:31)

(Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.)

Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD,
and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

(Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.)

Gospel (JOHN 11:45-56)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

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. 
So the chief priests and the Pharisees
convened the Sanhedrin and said,
“What are we going to do? 
This man is performing many signs.
If we leave him alone, all will believe in him,
and the Romans will come
and take away both our land and our nation.”
But one of them, Caiaphas,
who was high priest that year, said to them,
“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.”
He did not say this on his own,
but since he was high priest for that year,
he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
and not only for the nation,
but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.
So from that day on they planned to kill him.

So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews,
but he left for the region near the desert,
to a town called Ephraim,
and there he remained with his disciples.

Now the Passover of the Jews was near,
and many went up from the country to Jerusalem
before Passover to purify themselves.
They looked for Jesus and said to one another
as they were in the temple area, “What do you think?
That he will not come to the feast?”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: We are now one step closer to Holy Week. The Gospel presents to us the plot of the chief priests and Pharisees to kill Jesus. They feared him to be a rebel who will start a riot among their fellow Jews, and they also feared of losing their positions. But Caiaphas the High Priest proposed that Jesus would die to gather “the scattered children of God”. For him and the other Jewish leaders, they are referred to the people who have believed in Christ, excluding the Apostles. No wonder as we commemorate the Lord’s Passion, we would see how they bribed the people to have Barabbas released and Jesus crucified. But in reality, the scattered children of God refers to us sinners who have lost the grace of God because of our sins. This is the New Covenant the Prophet Ezekiel pfoclaims in the First Reading, on how God desires to bring back the scattered and astray who have been lost by sin. He wills for us to be cleansed and saved that we may be his faithful people. And through Christ’s Paschal Mystery, he has given us salvation, to which we have accepted by our faith, and we can always merit this gift of salvation if we live faithfully and submit ourselves freely and willingly to God’s will.

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