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Ezekiel 37:21-28

The Lord says this: “I am going to take the sons of Israel from the nations where they have gone. I shall gather them together from everywhere and bring them home to their own soil. I shall make them into one nation in my own land and on the mountains of Israel, and one king is to be king of them all; they will no longer form two nations, nor be two separate kingdoms. They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and their filthy practices and all their sins. I shall rescue them from all the betrayals they have been guilty of; I shall cleanse them; they shall be my people and I will be their God. My servant David will reign over them, one shepherd for all; they will follow my observances, respect my laws and practise them. They will live in the land that I gave my servant Jacob, the land in which your ancestors lived. They will live in it, they, their children, their children’s children, for ever. David my servant is to be their prince for ever. I shall make a covenant of peace with them, an eternal covenant with them. I shall resettle them and increase them; I shall settle my sanctuary among them for ever. I shall make my home above them; I will be their God, they shall be my people. And the nations will learn that I am the Lord the sanctifier of Israel, when my sanctuary is with them for ever.”

John 11:45-56

Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what Jesus did believed in him, but some of them went to tell the Pharisees what he had done. Then the chief priests and Pharisees called a meeting. “Here is the man working all these signs,” they said, “and what action are we taking? If we let him go on in this way everybody will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy the Holy Place and our nation.” One of them, Caiaphas, the high priest that year, said, “You don’t seem to have grasped the situation at all; you fail to see that it is better for one man to die for the people, than for the whole nation to be destroyed.” He did not speak in his own person, it was as high priest that he made this prophecy that Jesus was to die for the nation - and not for the nation only, but to gather together in unity the scattered children of God. From that day they were determined to kill him. So Jesus no longer went about openly among the Jews, but left the district for a town called Ephraim, in the country bordering on the desert, and stayed there with his disciples.

The Jewish Passover drew near, and many of the country people who had gone up to Jerusalem to purify themselves looked out for Jesus, saying to one another as they stood about in the Temple, “What do you think? Will he come to the festival or not?”

As I read today’s first reading, I see a parent with his kid. I see the kid playing the mud and getting all dirty and enjoying himself, and I see the parent calling the kid to come in and bathe (which the kid hates) and become clean again. The kid doesn’t want to, because he’s having fun playing in the mud. But the parent knows that the mud contains much filth and disease-causing germs. The parent doesn’t want the kid to get infected and fall sick.

I reflect on this image and I see God and myself. I see myself playing around in sin and getting myself all stained with the filth. But I’m enjoying myself. I see God calling out to me to come into the house and become clean again. I don’t want to, because I’m having so much fun playing in sin. But God knows that the sin contains much filth and brings about sickness - physical, emotional, and spiritual sicknesses. God doesn’t want me to get infected and fall sick.

I also see in the gospel reading that we are all in need of a saviour. A saviour who is the door from the mud to the house. To get into the house, we need to pass through the door. The door is the way into the house, into God’s house. But we must want to walk through the door.

We are all in need of a saviour. The saviour is already here. What are we waiting for?

Dear Jesus, help us to realise the filth in which we are playing in, and help us to realise that we are in need of your saving grace. Grant us the humility to walk through you, the Way to eternal life. Amen.

Give Thanks to the Lord for: A saviour.

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