Catholic homily for Tuesday of the 5th Week of Lent
Theme: THE ABIDING PRESENCE OF GOD……”When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM”
By: Fr. Josep Mª MANRESA Lamarca
Homily for Tuesday March 23 2021
Today, the fifth Tuesday of Lent, only one week away from the contemplation of our Lord’s Passion, He invites us to look at him in anticipation while redeeming us from the Cross: «Our high priest is Christ Jesus, our sacrifice is his precious body which he immolated on the altar of the cross for the salvation of all men» (Saint John Fisher).
“When you lift up the Son of Man…” (Jn 8:28). Indeed, the Crucified Christ, — “lifted up” Christ! — is the great and final sign of the Father’s love towards the fallen Humankind. His open arms, stretched out between Heaven and Earth, outline the indelible sign of His friendship with men. By seeing Him like this, lifted up before our sinful glance, we shall realize that He is (cf. Jn 8:28), and then, as those Jews that were listening to him, we shall also believe in Him.
Only the friendship of He who is fully acquainted with the Cross, may provide us with the inherence to get us into the Redeemer’s heart. Pretending the Gospel without the Cross, stripped of the Christian sense of mortification, or infected by the pagan and naturalist ambiance which prevent us to understand the redeeming values of suffering, would place us in the terrible conjuncture of having to hear from Christ’s lips: —After all, why should I go on speaking to you?
Let our serene and contemplative look of the Cross be a question to the Crucified, whereby with noiseless words, we ask him: “Who are you?” (Jn 8:25). And He will answer that He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn 14:6), the Stock without which we, poor vines shoots, will not be able to bear any fruit, because only him has words of eternal life. And thus, if we do not believe that He is, we shall die by our sins. However, we shall live, despite everything, and we shall already live in this world a Heavenly life, if we take from Him the joyous certitude that the Father is with us, that He will never leave us alone. In this way we shall imitate the Son by doing always what pleases the Father.
Fr. Josep Mª MANRESA Lamarca
(Valldoreix, Barcelona, Spain)