It is 7th April 2020. The readings are from Isaiah 49:1-6; and the Gospel from John 13:21-33, 36-38. The first reading is from the Second Song of the Servant of Yahweh that befits for Jesus. A personal call is from God to gather all people and save them from the slavery of sin. The words of the Servant brought consolation and enlightenment to us as it brough discomfort to the sinful areas of our life. “In him was life, and the life was the light of all people.” (Jn.1:4). The prophet describes the unspoken disappointment in His mission as the suffering servant while those who hated Him celebrated His fall and humiliation yet with the final glory through the sacrifice on the Cross culminating in His Resurrection. The Catechism (CCC 1243) teaches us “In him the baptized are “the light of the world.” “The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.” (Jn.3:19). The light of Christ shines for those who repent. “I shall make you a light to the nations, so that my salvation may reach to the remotest parts of the earth.” (Is.49:6). The exclusive mission of the Suffering Servant of God is converting the people to His Way. In his message for Holy Week 2020, our Bishop Paul highlights the way we could come closer to Christ, “According to the teachings of the Church and in particular situation like this, we need to look honestly into our life, recognizing one’s sins, and approaching the merciful Lord by making an act of perfect contrition having sorrow for one’s sins, with the commitment of confessing our grave sins in the next possible occasion to a priest after the lockdown caused by pandemic. If you do so your sins are forgiven.” What are the things we do and say that not allowing the divine light shining in and around us? Are we a servant of God or a slave to sin? The responsorial Psalm praises, “I will sing of your salvation.” (Ps.71:15). The Gospel presents us with the scene at the Last Supper in which we are given Judas and Peter two close associates of Jesus, with a double betrayal namely Mr. Betrayer and Mr. Denier. Most of us have these two characters present in us darkening the vision and the values of Christ. We too have denied and betrayed the Lord by not honoring the promises we made to the Lord. “But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 Jn.1:7). May the Holy Week help us to recognize the elements of darkness in us and openness to confess to the Lord. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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