Posted by: livingscripture | March 18, 2016

Fifth Friday of Lent

 

From the Word of the Day

Many came to Him and were saying, “While John performed no sign, yet everything John said about this man was true”. (John 10: 41)

  How should we live this Word

 John the Baptist represents the Old Testament.  His mission was that of awakening consciences about the awaited Messiah through a gesture of conversion, baptism, a movement to take up again the contemplation of God’s revelation.  Abraham, Moses, and the prophets had said many things.  John gathers them all and makes jesus-vel-nub2them vibrant and provocative for his contemporaries.  He even upset Herod who fears him and respects him.  It is the old that announces the new; generates it and allows it to come to the light and to be recognized.

After the usual dialogue with the Jews threatening His death, Jesus distances Himself from them and returns beyond the Jordan where John the Baptist had preached and baptized before his death.  Some of the crowd follow Him because what John had said of Jesus shows itself to be true.  Jesus told them that ‘what comes from above is over all, but what comes from the earth, belongs to the earth and speaks of earthly things.  The one who comes from Heaven attests to what He has seen and heard, but no one accepts His testimony.  However, those who do accept it certify that God is truthful.  In fact, the One whom God has sent says God’s words and gives the Holy Spirit without measure.  The Father loves the Son and has handed everything over to Him.  Those who believe in the Son have eternal life.  Those who do not obey the Son will not see life.  The wrath of God will fall upon them’ (Cf. John 3: 31-36).

The small group had listened to John and listened to Jesus and now is choosing.  Jesus is the Son of God in whom we believe, to whom we entrust our whole life because He is God, the Word that God sends.  God loves Him and has handed everything over to Him.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall renew my choice of remaining with Jesus and believing in Him with my whole heart.

Lord, today I answer Your questions that have accompanied me during this week with faith: where is the Father? Who are You?

The Voice of the Liturgy 

In the redemptive passion of Your Son, You renew the universe and give humanity the true meaning of Your glory.  In the mysterious power of the Cross, you judge the world and make the kingly power of Christ Crucified shine forth.

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