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April 1, 2017

Lenten reflection, day 32

In the Gospel, Nicodemus is one of the chief priests and a Pharisee—yet he does something revolutionary: he requests that Jesus be given a legal hearing. What makes this revolutionary is that in the Old Testament or rabbinic law there is no legal precedent for the accused to be accorded a legal hearing. 

As a Christian, could I devise something equally revolutionary that would defend Jesus? Or maybe I could help the poor and demonstrate more mercy. Maybe mercy is the revolution.

Father Jim McCabe, C.Ss.R.
Bethpage, N.Y.

Scripture readings for today: Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 7; John 7:40-53



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