All of the readings today are about expressions of God’s overflowing abundance. The challenge for us is that we too often approach life from the perspective of scarcity.
Even within the locked rooms of our hurting or broken hearts Jesus appears, like he did for his first disciples, to remind us that there is a Word of hope to proclaim – especially now.
This is the night we recall with clarity and power the promise given so long ago: Justice for the poor and the powerless; swords beaten into plowshares; love stronger than death.
It is the wisdom of God that a plot to destroy Jesus is the means by which Jesus is able to show all of us – for all time – how to love in the face of hatred, and how God’s power is always greater.
We are in the final weeks of Lent and the readings for the Liturgy become more pointed as they describe the plotting and scheming against Jesus and those who stand with and against him – and those who just step back and become bystanders.