Daily Gospel reflections: God’s loving protection

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

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I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them. I will multiply them and put my sanctuary among them forever. (Ezekiel 37:26)

On the floor at the rear of a church in San Salvador is a plaque memorializing an event in the 1970s in which sanctuary played a prominent role. When hundreds of young people demonstrated in favor of free elections on the streets outside the church, the military opened fire, killing some and wounding many more.

The survivors fled into the body of the church and remained there for over a week until St. Oscar Romero pleaded for their safe release. During that week, the lives of the young people were protected from harm as long as they stayed within the walls of the church.

The prophet Ezekiel reminds us that God has put just such a sanctuary within our hearts, a place of peace and well-being where all are to be respected, loved, and protected with the same unconditional welcome that God unfailingly offers each of us.

— Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM


Ezekiel 37:21-28

Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12ABCD, 13

John 11:45-56

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