Saturday 4th April 2020
Fifth week of Lent
Ezekiel 37:21-28, John 11:45-56
If we reflect deeply on what is happening in the world at the moment, the first reading of today will make much sense to us. Before the spread of the Covid-19, it was war of words, kidnappings and robberies, tribal and ethnic sentiments, political and economic war between nations, and people betraying one another. With the Covid-19, some terrible part of our lives over the years seem to be unheard of. We now experience a sense of unity and concern for one another. People seem to be thinking of the wellbeing of others, nations try to assist other nations to survive the pandemic by sending aids. Those who have been hoarding money over the years have realised that money is useless in this situation. We seem to be closer to one another.
This experience of unity and oneness is the wish of God in the first reading of today, it is unfortunate that we are learning it the hard way. God promised to bring all the Israelites together to love themselves and live as one happy family, caring for the needs of one another. They shall all be his people and he will be their God.
As we come closer to this realisation of our salvation with the celebration of Passion/palm Sunday tomorrow, we see that the Jews have already made up their mind to kill Jesus. This passion that Christ is about to embark on, is part of the process of making us truly his people, united with one another. May we look up to the passion of Christ for our salvation. God help us. Amen.
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP