Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Thursday Fourth Week of Lent
Thursday Fourth Week of Lent
Ex 32: 7-14 / Ps 106: 19-20, 21-22, 23 / Jn 5: 31-47
Reading: Ex 32: 7-14
Then Yahweh said to Moses, "Go down at once, for your people, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. They have quickly turned from the way I commanded them and have made for themselves a molten calf; they have bowed down before it and sacrificed to it and said: 'These are your gods, Israel, who brought you out of Egypt.'" And Yahweh said to Moses, "I see that these people are a stiff-necked people. Now just leave me that my anger may blaze against them. I will destroy them, but of you I will make a great nation." But Moses calmed the anger of Yahweh, his God, and said, "Why, O Yahweh, should your anger burst against your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with such great power and with a mighty hand? Let not the Egyptians say: 'Yahweh brought them out with evil intent, for he wanted to kill them in the mountains and wipe them from the face of the earth.' Turn away from the heat of your anger and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the promise you yourself swore: I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land I spoke about I will give to them as an everlasting inheritance." Yahweh then changed his mind and would not yet harm his people.
Gospel: Jn 5: 31-47
If I bore witness to myself, my testimony would be worthless. But Another One is bearing witness to me and I know that his testimony is true when he bears witness to me. John also bore witness to the truth when you sent messengers to him, but I do not seek such human testimony; I recall this for you, so that you may be saved. John was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were willing to enjoy his light. But I have greater evidence than that of John - the works which the Father entrusted to me to carry out. The very works I do bear witness: the Father has sent me. Thus he who bears witness to me is the Father who sent me. You have never heard his voice and have never seen his likeness; then, as long as you do not believe his messenger, his word is not in you. You search in the Scriptures thinking that in them you will find life; yet Scripture bears witness to me. But you refuse to come to me, that you may live. I am not seeking human praise; but I have known that love of God is not within you, for I have come in my Father's name and you do not accept me. If another comes in his own name, you will accept him. As long as you seek praise from one another instead of seeking the glory coming from the only God, how can you believe? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father. Moses himself in whom you placed your hope, accuses you. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?
Our word today says that the very works of Jesus bear witness that the Father has sent him. Therefore, those of us who bear witness to him are also sent by the Father. "As I have told you, no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father." (Jn.6:65). As Christians we carry Jesus' name and proclaim our belief in what he has taught because the source of what he proclaimed is from God.
Have we been a true witness to Jesus? Every day we have opportunities to share Jesus to others - simple living, committed to loving others, forgiving others for the hurts they have inflicted on us, admitting to the wrong we have done to a brethren, treating our neighbor with kindness and generosity. These are but a few acts that give witness to our belief in Jesus. These weigh more than all the eloquent words we say, because it is in living the word that we become witnesses to him. Are we ready to take on committing ourselves to Jesus' mission today? The Lord has given us a choice and he is waiting for our decision.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
* Josephine Droke
... for world peace and reconciliation
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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