April 6, 2019
by Joseph Zaborowski
Creighton University's Director of Purchasing
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Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Lectionary: 249

Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalms 7:2-3, 9BC-10, 11-12
John 7:40-53

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The two readings certainly transition well from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Two prophets, the latter being the savior of mankind, came to be reviled in their time. Jeremiah was continually plotted against and even put in stocks as he preached against the evils of his times. Jesus not only preached the Gospel of salvation but also on many occasions pointed out the sinful ways of those living in His time. As I walk through my Lenten journey, as I have over the years, I know the fate awaiting our Lord.

This Lent has been more reflective in many ways for me. These readings were a good addition to my Lenten journey. I’ve been asking myself if I am really ready to take my faith further. It’s always been easy for me to walk in my faith until I get to a certain level. In today’s world it is getting harder and harder. It becomes easier to reject a teaching of Christ. I ask myself in what ways am I not speaking out for my faith for fear of ridicule by others? Am I ready to truly implement the corporal works of mercy even if it interferes with my leisure time? Is my almsgiving enough or am I just giving from my surplus? These are just a few of the questions I’ve been contemplating this Lent.  The easier route is more attractive. So when I take the softer, easier way am I not asking myself the same questions the contemporaries of Christ did in John’s Gospel? The answer to who Christ is will be answered in a few weeks. From that I take comfort. 

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