APRIL 03, 2015
1st Reading: Is 52:13–53:12
2nd Reading: Heb 4:14–16; 5:7–9
Gospel: John 18:1–19:42
(…) When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top.
So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.” This was to fulfill what the scripture says, “They divided my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.”
And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.”
Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.”
A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth.
When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the Sabbath, especially because that Sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed.
Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out.
(He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.)
These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, “None of his bones shall be broken.”
And again another passage of scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.”
After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. (…)
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
Pilate’s fear of losing his governor’s chair cannot justify his failure to exercise his last clear chance to spare an innocent man from crucifixion. People in power can be real cowards. Off their seats of power they are like dogs with their tails between their legs. Power can render the selfish powerless in fulfilling God’s commandment of love. – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.frdan.org.
Prayer for the day: God our Father you haven’t spared your only Son to show us your love. Forgive us for being ungrateful. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: ST. BURGUNDOFARA, Virgin, was the daughter of Count Agneric, a courtier of the Frankish King, Theodore II. The King initially opposed her religious calling which affected her health but eventually granted her wishes and supported her by building a convent for her community. She became the Abbess and during her 37-year leadership her holiness and exemplary life led others to Christ.