Fourth Saturday of Lent

Readings: Jer 11: 18-20 / Ps 7: 2-3, 9b-12 / Jn 7: 40-53

And the plot thickens!!! As the days of Lent quickly pass by, we find our readings bordering on espionage. Maybe because I watch too many CSI programs my mind goes in this direction but the words of the prophet Jeremiah in our first reading and the tangled web that the Pharisees are weaving against Jesus, all point to a criminal investigation that would make for a great episode of Law and Order – Criminal Intent.

These readings remind me of the closing portion of the Beatitudes when Jesus says, “Blessed are those who insult and persecute you and utter every kind of slander against you because of me –your reward in heaven will be great.”

The closer we get to Holy Week the more these criminal minds plot against Jesus. They need a credible excuse to arrest him but more importantly they need to shut him up for he is making them look foolish. There is no evidence that points to anything but Christ being a voice of reason yet they will try and convince others that he is guilty of crimes that would never hold up in a real court of law.

Lent provides us with the opportunity to profess our faith publicly from the moment we receive ashes to the joyful cries of Alleluia that we will sing out on Easter Sunday. Hopefully, like Christ, we will all be guilty of professing our faith honestly and openly so that all the evidence will only point to our desire to be a prophetic voice like Jeremiah and Jesus no matter what the consequences.   

Rev. Joseph Mostardi, OSA
Campus Ministry