Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent 2020: John 11:45-56 and Homily


“Mary and John at the Foot of the Cross” Finger Painting by: Ronald Raab, CSC 2020

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Gospel  JN 11:45-56

Many of the Jews who had come to Mary
and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him.
But some of them went to the Pharisees
and told them what Jesus had done.
So the chief priests and the Pharisees
convened the Sanhedrin and said,
“What are we going to do?
This man is performing many signs.
If we leave him alone, all will believe in him,
and the Romans will come
and take away both our land and our nation.”
But one of them, Caiaphas,
who was high priest that year, said to them,
“You know nothing,
nor do you consider that it is better for you
that one man should die instead of the people,
so that the whole nation may not perish.”
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.
So from that day on they planned to kill him.

So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews,
but he left for the region near the desert,
to a town called Ephraim,
and there he remained with his disciples.

Now the Passover of the Jews was near,
and many went up from the country to Jerusalem
before Passover to purify themselves.
They looked for Jesus and said to one another
as they were in the temple area, “What do you think?
That he will not come to the feast?”



Finger Painting: I can’t image the deep emotion Mary and John felt as they stood at the foot of the Cross. Mary, the Sorrowful Mother, must have gazed in love and disbelief at her son’s body. John, must have looked away, unable to gaze on Jesus’ dead body. John must have clung the memory of resting his head on Jesus’ chest at the dinner on that sacred night. It was entirely too much for both of them to behold the death of Jesus. In this painting, the chaos of his death and the emotions of Mary and John come through my fingers. I know this scene from struggling to find Jesus myself. 


1 thought on “Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent 2020: John 11:45-56 and Homily

  1. This is a moving painting. Like looking at a stained glass window on church, one can feel the word of God, not just read it.

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