From the Word of the Day
For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. (John 5: 21)
In today’s Gospel, Jesus presents Himself as the One who acts like God. Only God can raise the dead and give life and the Son acts in the same way. The supreme rule of Jesus is contemplation of the Father, who always works and acts for our good.
Even today, as through the whole course of history, we find ourselves faced with the judgment and mercy of God. If we have weakened divine life in ourselves, Jesus always gives us the possibility of conversion and recuperating life. We need only accept His pardon and commit ourselves to a new life free from evil.
The Father showed all His love for His obedient Son by not abandoning Him to death but giving Him new life with the Resurrection. We too can rise after our fall into sin. We have the possibility of beginning a new life.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will commit myself to new life in Jesus and ask Him to help me leave aside whatever blocks me from loving Him more.
Jesus, help me to express my joy and gratitude to You in prayer and in active charity, above all during Lent as proof of my sincere conversion of heart.
The Voice of Pope Francis
If Jesus has not risen, our faith is empty and inconsistent. But because He has risen, rather, He is the Resurrection, then our faith is full of truth and eternal life.