Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reading Daniel 3:14-20,91-92,95
Gospel John 8:31-42

“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The truth that Jesus speaks about here is Jesus Himself. Elsewhere in St. John’s Gospel account, He says of Himself: “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.” But this truth is so powerful—its light is so bright—that it shines everywhere, including upon the lives of us poor sinners.

Sinners flee from the truth, because the light of truth exposes their sins for what they are. But if we could only offer our sins to Jesus, He would take them upon Himself, and we could approach the Truth who is Jesus in purity of heart.

Remember what will happen upon Mount Calvary next Friday. From the Cross, Jesus will silently defend a guilty human race from a just punishment: the punishment of eternal damnation. He will defend us by taking our place, and by offering His Body and Blood, soul and divinity, for the forgiveness of all mankind. He will become sin, so that from within, he might transform sin and death through the power of divine love.

When you see an image of the Sacred Heart, you see an antidote for the culture that surrounds us. Jesus points only to Himself, to the innocent Lamb who was slain. He points to His own Sacred Heart. He invites us—most especially through the Eucharistic Sacrifice of Holy Mass—to enter into this love: a love which shows mercy to the guilty, and forgiveness to those without hope.