August 9, 2022     2:53 pm
108. Week of Third Sunday in Lent - Tuesday
If, therefore, you seek Me, let these go their way
          If, therefore, you seek Me, let these go their way.   John 18:8
          And immediately, while He yet spoke, Judas, one of the Twelve, came, and after him a multitude of Roman soldiers and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, elders and scribes, with lanterns and torches and swords and staves. And he that betrayed Him had given them a token, saying: "Whomever I shall kiss, the same is He; take Him, and lead Him away safely." Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon Him, went forth to the multitude and said to them: "Whom do you seek? They answered Him: "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them: "I am He." And Judas also, who betrayed Him, stood with them. As soon, then, as Jesus had said to them: "I am He," they went backward and fell to the ground. This Jesus did to show that He surrendered Himself of His own free will. And then He asked again: "Whom do you seek?" And they said: "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus answered: "I have told you that I am He; if therefore you seek Me, let these go their way." He referred to His disciples who now were unable to bear the affliction which capture would entail. And so those words of His last prayer were fulfilled: "Of those whom You gave Me have I lost none." For now they could not lay hands on the disciples. As for Him, He bade them to take Him. Note, Christian! You believe in the Lord Jesus, don't you? The Father, who through His Word and the Holy Spirit has graciously wrought faith in you and with that gave you to Jesus. And Jesus does not want to lose you, nor will He do so. He will keep you in true faith. Note again! He who delivered Himself into chains and death for you now says to all hands that reach out for you: If you seek me, let these go their way. What hands? The hands of the Law, of divine retribution, of death, of judgment, of damnation. Because those hands took Him in your stead, you are free, you are saved.
          PRAYER: - My Lord and Saviour! You, the Righteous, have been taken for me, the unrighteous; hence I am free. This is most certainly true. Grant me grace to depend upon this blessed truth in life and death. This truth will save me. This day I commend myself into Your hand: You will not lose me, for Your heavenly Father has given me to You, and Your own beloved heart, O Saviour, does not mean to lose me. I love You, my Saviour. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:53 pm