March 30, 2017 – THURSDAY, 4th Week of Lent
Ex 32:7- 14 I Jn 5:31 – 47
FROM THE 1ST READING: Ex 32: 9- 11, 14
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."
But Moses calmed the anger of Yahweh, his God, and said, "Why, 0 Yahweh, should your anger burst against your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with such great power and a mighty hand?" ...
Yahweh then changed his mind and would not yet harm his people.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 5: 31 - 47
Jesus said, "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 the Scriptures thinking that in them you will find life; yet the 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 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 place 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?"
In the Gospel reading Jesus answers the Pharisees and the leaders of the Jews, telling them that they have refused to listen to him and accept him, despite the many witnesses for him - God himself, John the Baptist, Moses - and the many good works he has done.
Indeed, the Pharisees and the leaders were behaving like their stiff-necked ancestors with Yahweh and Moses.
We could reflect in what areas of our lives have we been like those stiff-necked Jews? And have we really accepted Christ's "credentials"?
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