Posted by: livingscripture | April 10, 2014

Fifth Thursday of Lent

From the Word of the Day


I know him.  And if I should say that I do not know him, I would be like you a liar.  But I do know him and I keep his word.”  (John 8: 55 


How should we live this Word Nicodemus 2

In his disputations with the Jews, Jesus keeps to the point and does not let Himself be drawn to personal attacks, nor is He insulting.  His identity as God’s Son is strong.  He is sure of His message.  He does not hesitate nor does He let Himself be provoked or placed in doubt.  The question at hand is basic.  Who is He?  What value does His word have?  Also, what do those present have to hear even at the risk of His being stoned?  He cannot depart from these because they are the foundation.

So much security almost makes us invidious, we who are so easily anxious.  The opposition of some puts us on the defensive or closes us in places where we feel secure because we are among people who think like us.  Sometimes, we become rigid and we mistake this rigidity for solidity.  We forget that our identity as children of God and as Christians is above all, received and not built by us.  It matures in the measure in which we are with the Father, breathing the Word of the Son, and trusting the wise guidance of the Spirit.

We must not fight against others to define our identity, but on the contrary, they will be the ones who help us to be sure in the confrontation.  We need not invent new, complicated words to engage those before us, but rather assimilate those of Jesus and speak them with firm meekness.  We must not attack, or insult, or throw stones but rather be ready to receive them and avoid reducing God’s Love to human measure.

This is the road that prevents us from falling into presumption as did the antagonists of Jesus and not hear His words addressed to us, “You say…He is our God…You do not know Him.”

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I shall reflect on these words and this whole situation, asking Jesus to help me walk in His ways always.

Lord, You are the one who gives me my most intimate identity.  You give me the ‘horse’s strength’ as a psalm says.  You make me secure because You give me Your secure Word.

The voice of Antoine de Saint Exupery, Author

Those who turn their back on the sun see only their own shadow.

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