The theme of this school week is: Sacrifice.
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – St Mark 10.45
The New Testament Greek word for ‘ransom’ (lutron) referred to money paid to free a prisoner of war or slave. It was the cost of redeeming a life; deliverance by purchase. This metaphor was popular with the Early Christian Church because it beautifully illustrated the achievement of Christ’s crucifixion by employing an everyday concept.
There are intriguing echoes of this idea in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. Jean Valjean was imprisoned for nineteen years for the theft of a loaf of bread and four failed escape attempts. When he is finally released on parole, he passes through Digne, but is refused all board and lodgings. Eventually, he knocks at the door of Monseigneur Myriel, the Bishop of Digne, where he is provided with excellent hospitality.
During the night, Valjean steals the Bishop’s silver cutlery and flees, but he is soon captured by three gendarmes and brought back to the Bishop. To the amazement of all, especially Valjean, the Christ-like Bishop claims that he gave the cutlery to his guest as a gift, and furthermore, he presents him with two silver candlesticks as well! This act of loving kindness frees Valjean to leave his bitterness behind and attain his true destiny.
Jesus not only paid the price of our sins for us, but He want to give as abundant blessings and life.
Lord Jesus, as we continue our Lenten journey
We ask for the power of your Spirit
that we may become more thoughtful towards others,
more honest with ourselves and more faithful to you.
Help us to walk in your presence and grow as the people you want us to be.