Sunday, March 13, 2016
14 March 2016
14 March 2016
Monday, 5th Week of Lent
Dn 13:1– 9, 15– 17, 19 – 30, 33 – 62 / Jn 8:12– 20
From the 1st Reading: Dn 13:60 – 62
The whole assembly shouted and blessed God for helping those who hope in him. They turned against the two elders who, through Daniel's efforts, had been convicted by their own mouths. In accordance with Moses' law, the penalty the two elders had intended to impose upon their neighbor was inflicted upon them. They were sentenced to death. Thus was the life of an innocent woman spared that day.
From the Gospel Reading: Jn 8:12 – 19
Jesus spoke to them again, "I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have light and life." The Pharisees replied, "Now you are speaking on your own behalf, your testimony is worthless."
Then Jesus said, "Even though I bear witness to myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I have come from and where I am going. But you do not know where I came from or where I am going.
"You judge by human standards; as for me, I don't judge anyone. But if I had to judge, my judgment would be valid for I am not alone; the Father who sent me is with me. In your Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid; so I am bearing witness to myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness to me."
They asked him, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You don't know me or my Father; if you knew me, you would know my Father as well."
The first reading from the Book of Daniel speaks of the woman Susanna wrongly convicted by the false testimony of two elders who had attempted to seduce her and saved and vindicated by the crafty and wise young man Daniel; the two elders were thus penalized by death, the same penalty they had sought to impose on Susanna by their false testimony: "Thus was the life of an innocent woman spared that day."
In the Gospel reading, the Lord declares who he really was: "I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have light and life."
In the prologue to his Gospel, John writes of Jesus as the Light of the world: "For the Light was coming into the world, the true Light that enlightens everyone. He was already in the world and through him the world was made, the very world that did not know him." (Jn 1:9 -10)
Jesus tells the Jews that, though he had testimonies from himself and the Father, they refused to believe in him.
How do we reply to Jesus' question: "Who do you say I am?" (Mk 8: 29)
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Adrian John Gotamco Dy
Dionisio & Teresa Lim Tan
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