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Lenten reflection, day 36

Scripture readings for today: Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 71; John 13:21-33, 36-38

I believe it is the prayer of each of us as Catholics that we die a holy and peaceful death. When that moment comes, we pray we will be blessed with the presence of a priest to receive our last sacraments.

We pray for the comfort of family and loved ones to ease our passage. We pray the love of God will embrace us at the hour of our death. We pray God will not abandon us.

The Gospel today speaks of the anguish and troubled spirit that filled the heart and soul of Jesus as the hour of His death drew near. Such goodness He had shown all His life long.

And what about the comfort offered by His loved ones, the disciples? One of you will betray me! One of you will deny me! For Jesus there would be no going peacefully, softly, and quietly to His death.

Yet Isaiah and John proclaim the glory of God manifested in this suffering servant. Holy is His death that makes our death holy! All for love of you and me!

Let us sing of our salvation in this most holy week: “Save us, Savior of the world, for by Your cross and resurrection, You have set us free.”

Father Denis Sweeney, C.Ss.R.