Saturday, 5th Week of Lent March 28th
Kate Quinn C ‘17
God The Healer
“I will take the children of Israel from among the nations to which they have come, and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.” Ez 37:21
The Lord is gentle and good. In today's readings, He speaks to our broken hearts. No matter the point we are at in our journey to Heaven, the reality is that we are hurt by sin. It tears down all that is good. God, in His mercy, recognizes our brokenness and longs to heal it. In the reading from Ezekiel, He speaks about His desire to unite His people and bring them back to Himself. He says, "I will deliver them from all their sins of apostasy, and cleanse them so that they may be my people and I may be their God." (Ez 37:23) In the Psalm, our hearts sing about the Lord being our shepherd (because in the depths of our hearts we know that the Lord is our shepherd and is good). In the Gospel reading, Caiphas, the high priest, "prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.”(Jn 11:22)
Jesus came to earth to heal our broken hearts through His death. As sin hurts and breaks us, His blood heals so much more. The shedding of His blood from the cross fills all of the holes in our hearts. Do not run from His healing love. It is the only thing which can satisfy us. It is the only thing which can give us peace. It is the only thing which can heal us. As Lent comes to a close and we enter into the Easter season, let Him heal our broken heart.
Lord, cleanse my heart in Your love to better prepare me for what You have in store. Amen.