23 Mar – Memorial for St. Turibius de Mogrovejo, Bishop
St. Turibius (1538-1606) was born a noble and became a lawyer, and then a professor of law at Salamanca. He was ordained in 1578, and was a judge of the Court of the Inquisition at Granada. He was later appointed Archbishop of Lima, Peru on May 15, 1579. He founded the first seminary in the Western hemisphere, and fought for the rights of the natives against the Spanish masters. He also organized councils and synods in the New World.
Prayer to St. Turibius
Lord, through the apostolic work of St. Turibius and his unwavering love of truth, you helped your Church to grow. May your chosen people continue to grow in faith and holiness. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
– Patron Saint Index
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.’
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 Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and Pharisees called a meeting. ‘Here is this 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 do not 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?’
I will be their God, they shall be my people
The ability for the human mind to find reasons to justify their behaviour is amazing. Indeed, the words of Caiaphas in today’s passage sometimes reminds me of the manner in which some people in management speak especially when they come to decisions which involve personnel movement and firing. Yet such actions miss the mark of achieving a particular state of affairs which will enable them to enjoy God’s peace within them.
God wants to rescue us from the folly of the sins which we have been involved in because He loves us. His love is unconditional and cannot be compromised. This is something which we must all remember. The prophet Ezekiel shares with us the joy of God’s promise of love for us. It is almost a certainty as long as we are willing to co-operate with God. The ball is now in our court and we need to remember that our actions will determine the consequences both presently and the afterlife.
Killing somebody may result in the annihilation of one’s physical life but it does not mean the end of one’s ideas. Jesus came to begin a new way of life and this is certainly something we need to remember especially since we are called Christians. It is easy to fall back into the way of sin but we need to be conscious of what we need to do and discover that it takes time for us to truly grasp what it means to become a child of God.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer: Lord, let us stay in touch with you throughout our lives
Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who have taken the vow and promise of obedience.