Are we ready to “go in peace, to glorify The Lord by our lives?”
The Liturgical words of dismissal are echoed in today’s readings. The prophet Ezekiel speaks these words of The Lord when he illuminates the prospect of everlasting peace. A peace that will be fulfilled only in the self sacrifice of Jesus.
The “why” is often more important than the “how.” Jeremiah gives us the “why” in a wonderful poem of God’s love. God is planting seeds of hope for His people and preparing their hearts for a universal cal to holiness.
The words of the high priest Caiaphas are prophetic by the very nature of his office. St. John explains this wonderfully: “He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he 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.” Another wonderful reminder to us in our daily lives that “God draws straight through crooked lines” and that The Lord uses ALL of us as instruments to fulfill His will; even the unwilling.
Jesus will establish a covenant of peace in his blood, for Jews and Gentiles alike, for all God’s children.