Posted by: livingscripture | March 26, 2015

Fifth Thursday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.”   

 (John 8: 51)   

 How should we live this WordJesus risen 2

Jesus asserts this as He is talking to the Jews who react by insulting Him terribly.  They tell Him, “Now we are sure you are possessed.  Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death’.”

His enemies put Him face to face with ‘our sister bodily death’, as St. Francis calls it, from whom no one can escape nor ever avoid.  But Jesus is the light that illumines us even on another level.  He speaks of the death that not only leads to bodily decay but that brings the entire person to eternal perdition.

It is very consoling to LISTEN, ACCEPT, PRAY, and LIVE the Word and know this is the ‘retainer’ for eternal salvation.  “To observe the Word” means all of this!  We who follow Christ have a true treasure in our hands.  The promise  inherent in the Word each day involves us, not only by blessing our days like a downpour of the dew of peace, but cuts away our fear of death, opens us already to the rays of the eternal life that awaits us.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the Life after this life that Jesus promises and I will rejoice in it.

Lord, make me ever more faithful to the daily dedication to Your Word, in the life that it brings.  Make my days joyful so that they may communicate serenity and peace to everyone.

The Voice of Blaise Pascal

The immortality of the soul is something that regards us in a way so strong, touches us so deeply, that one would have to be absolutely senseless to be indifferent to how things stand.


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