4th of April (English)

Publié le 4 Avril 2019

Gospel text

(Jn 5,17-30): 

Jesus said to the Jews, «My Father goes on working and so do I». And the Jews tried all the harder to kill him, for Jesus not only broke the Sabbath observance, but also made himself equal with God, calling him his own Father.

Jesus said to them, «Truly, I assure you, the Son cannot do anything by himself, but only what he sees the Father do. And whatever He does, the Son also does. The Father loves the Son and shows him everything He does; and He will show him even greater things than these, so that you will be amazed. As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom He wills. In the same way the Father judges no one, for He has entrusted all judgment to the Son, and He wants all to honor the Son as they honor the Father. Whoever ignores the Son, ignores as well the Father who sent him. Truly, I say to you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; and there is no judgment for him because he has passed from death to life. 

»Truly, the hour is coming and has indeed come, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and, on hearing it, will live. For the Father has life in himself and He has given to the Son also to have life in himself. And He has empowered him as well to carry out Judgment, for He is a son of man. Do not be surprised at this: the hour is coming when all those lying in tombs will hear my voice and come out; those who have done good shall rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be con­demn­­ed. I can do nothing of myself, and I need to hear Another One to judge; and my judgment is just, be­cause I seek not my own will, but the will of him who sent me».

 

The Application

 

Jesus is there to intercede for us, just like Moses was interceding for the people. Though we are many at time unfaithful to the divine call, God remains always faithful.

Jesus gives us certain means to understand the divine work in our life. First, He says God the Father continues to work and His work is the best way to see and believe. The second means is the prophets and Holy Scriptures. God continues to speak to us through these Holy Scriptures. And the third one is, Jesus, by presenting John Baptist as the best witness, indirectly says that there are many such people around us, through their works prove to us, how much God loves us and take care of us. Though He agrees that they all give witness to Him, however He has chosen the work of the Father as the best witness.

To do the divine work, we need the grace. We have to be humble to receive this grace and through our work, God continues His wonderful salvific mission in this world. In this Lenten season, we have to ask ourselves, are we ready to glorify God, through our words and deeds? If we refuse to cooperate with God, then we will certainly find Him, not as the person who will intercede for us, but on the seat of Judgement. On that day, even Moses will stand against us. It is better to avoid such frightening situation. Instead of pressing the panic button and be disappointed, let’s start to believe, love and act according to the divine will. Have a wonderful Day.

 

 

A Daily Quote for Lent:

Christ is our Master who teaches us,

by Augustine of Hippo, 354- 430 A.D.

"There is a Master within Who teaches us. Christ is our Master, and his inspiration and his anointing teaches us. Where his inspiration and his anointing are lacking, it is in vain that words resound in our ears. As Paul the Apostle said: 'I planted the seed and Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.' Therefore, whether we plant or whether we water by our words, we are nothing. It is God Who gives the increase; His anointing teaches you all things." (excerpt from Sermon on 1 John 3,13

 

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