10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.129)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 19:31-37
One of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance, and immediately there came out blood and water.
It was Preparation Day, and to prevent the bodies remaining on the cross during the sabbath – since that sabbath was a day of special solemnity – the Jews asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken away. Consequently, the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with him and then of the other.
When they came to Jesus, they found he was already dead, and so instead of breaking his legs one of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance; and immediately there came out blood and water.
This is the evidence of one who saw it – trustworthy evidence, and he knows he speaks the truth – and he gives it so that you may believe as well. Because all this happened to fulfil the words of scripture:
Not one bone of his will be broken;
and again, in another place scripture says:
They will look on the one whom they have pierced.
We, the Church, the people of God, are entrusted to continue the mission of Jesus to the poor and the broken in the world.
Jesus takes away the sin of the world by dramatically exposing what is the real sin of the world. That includes rejecting the invitation of God to be in relationship with him, and the ignorant attacking, killing and violence against the weakest in our society.
Jesus then moves away from the usual pattern of attacking and killing back. He shows us that we can follow him in doing the same and pouring out our lives for others.
We can't do it alone at all, but only by a deep identification with the Crucified Jesus. Jesus then does it in us, through us, with us and for us.
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
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