Thursday, March 22nd
From the Gospel according to John (Jn 8: 51-59)
At that time, Jesus told the Jews: “Truly, truly, I say to you,” If anyone observes my word, he will not see death for ever. ” The Jews then said to him, “Now we know you are possessed. Abraham is dead, as well as the prophets, and you say: “If anyone observes my word, he will not experience death for ever”. Are you bigger than our father Abraham, who died? Even the prophets are dead. Who do you think you are? ” Jesus answered: “If I glorify myself, my glory would be nothing. Who glorifies me is my Father, of whom you say: “He is our God!”, And you do not know him. I know him, instead. If I said that I do not know him, I would be like you: a liar. But I know him and I keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced in the hope of seeing my day; he saw it and was full of joy “. Then the Jews said to him, “Are you not yet fifty years old and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus answered them: “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am.” Then they gathered stones to throw them against him; but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
Word of the Lord
As often happens, the Lord Jesus speaks to us of one thing and we misunderstand and understand another. He talks to us about Paradise and we think that heaven is this life. We do not understand and we also give him the possessed, we are ready to throw the stones … and thank goodness that Jesus speaks of Paradise! “But I know him and I keep his Word” … Do we know and observe the Word? The age of the registry does not matter but that the heart, the mind, the words, the works have value … From what would you say that Jesus is a child of God? And who sees you from outside can say that you are a Christian, a child of God? Let’s leave the stones to be thrown against those we do not understand and let’s join and make a sincere step towards Him. Good Lent with Jesus.