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Mass for Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent: March 31, 2020

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

31 March 2020 / Ave Maria Parish Live Stream

Romanus Cessario, O.P.

Today the First Reading for Mass places before us the image of the bronze serpent. God made this image an instrument of cure for the Chosen People as they faced the challenges of a desert journey. The image has become an emblem for the medical profession. God heals. Health care professionals heal as his instruments. The bronze serpent should inspire confidence in us as we face a more serious threat than that of snake bites.

As we draw close to the celebration of the Paschal Triduum, the Gospel finds Jesus announcing his divine origin and mission. “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM” (Jn 8:28). The “I AM” identifies Christ with the revelation of God’s name made to Moses. “I AM who AM” (Ex 3:14). We all find ourselves in various postures of isolation. What providential purpose can this circumstance serve? We have time to put God in mind and to ponder the mysteries associated with the divinity of Christ.

Three benefits accrue to those who practice this easy contemplation: (1) Our faith becomes stronger. We believe that God is and that Christ dies for our sins. (2) Hope grows bolder. Our minds turn away from ourselves and even the pressing needs of others in order to behold the One thing necessary. (3) Charity grows fervent. The more we believe in God and hope in him, the greater our love for God increases. The more we believe in the efficacy of Christ’s passion and death, the more we embrace lovingly the wounds of our Savior. Therein we discover the greatest and inextinguishable source of divine consolation.

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