The feast of the Dedication was then taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
The gospel of the day teaches us that it is better to believe in God without having seen, and if we cannot do this, Jesus invites us to see and believe. He makes it clear that faith is a gift from God and in this faith we can discover not only the divine works in our daily lives, but also His relationship with His Father. Since He is ONE with His Father, we can by our positive association with the PERSON of Jesus, unite ourselves as He did, with the Father. Through his presence Jesus taught us that in love all things are possible, for God gives himself in this love.
Action of the day : Think and act as if you are the sheep in the hand of Jesus.
Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:
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