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Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent | Joe Buttarazzi

Joe Buttarazzi

Reflection on the Liturgy for Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Exodus 32: 7-14, Psalm 106 and Gospel of John 5: 31-47

Not knowing the future is a bummer, perhaps explaining why those like the ancient Israelites awaiting Moses at the bottom of Mt Horeb don’t follow the way “pointed out” by the Lord or like the Jews of Jesus’ day who don’t want ”to have life” in Christ.  They know the truth but dread where it might take them.

In contrast to the stiff-necks of Biblical times, take the people of L’Arche with whom I lived many moons-ago.  Then a gangly twenty-something, I was the one often with a face colored vermillion with embarrassment while my companions would caterwaul away, off-key at Mass in church or a park or even a beach.  Disregarding my self-image, they would lift their cacophony to heaven because, as Peter the Apostle might have exclaimed before leaping into the sea, “Indeed, it is the Lord!”  Their weakness is their strength, in that, they, like Peter, are not paralyzed by convention, dread or want of control over destiny; with the assurance and certainty that God is with them, they plunge into the proverbial sea of love.  Often a tsunami then churns in the hearts of those within earshot, as my friends show the world how to respond to the truth with abandon.

Lent is a great time to see that the foundation underlying your life has always been and always will be the Holy Spirit.  But then, make this your springboard to realize happiness by knowing, loving and serving others with whatever talents you are blessed, without hesitation.  Jump in, the water is fine.


“Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for and certainty of what we cannot see.” – St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 11:1