Wednesday, April 05, 2017


THURSDAY, 5th Week of Lent

April 6, 2017 – THURSDAY, 5th  Week  of Lent

Gn 17: 3 - 9 / Jn 8: 51 -59

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Gn 17: 3- 4, 7
     Abram fell  face down and God  said  to him,  "This  is my covenant with  you: you will be the father  of a multitude of nations.... And I will establish a covenant, an everlasting covenant between myself  and  you  and  your  descendants after you; from  now  on I will  be your  God and the God of your  descendants after  you, for generations to come."

GOSPEL READING:     Jn 8: 51 -59
     Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, if anyone  keeps  my word, he will  never  experience death."  The Jews  replied, "Now  we know  that  you  have a demon. Abraham died and the prophets as well, but you say: 'Whoever keeps my word will  never  experience death.'  Who  do you  claim  to be? Do you claim  to be greater than  our father  Abraham, who  died?  And  the prophets also died."

     Then Jesus said, "If I were  to praise  myself,  it would count for nothing. But he  who  gives  glory to  me  is the  Father,  the  very  one  you  claim  as your  God, although you do not know  him. I know  him and if I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you.

     "As for Abraham, your  ancestor,  he looked forward to the day when  I would come;  and he rejoiced when  he saw it."

     The Jews then said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?" And Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." They then picked up stones  to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and left  the Temple.

     Abraham, known for  his  unwavering faith  and  subsequent covenant with God,  is a key character in both readings today.  In the  first  reading we are told about God's  covenant with  Abraham: "I will  establish a covenant, an everlasting covenant between myself  and you and your  descendants after  you."

     In the  Gospel  reading Jesus  told  the  Jews,  "Truly,  I say  to  you,  if  anyone keeps  my word, he will  never  experience death." The Jews  retorted that  Jesus' statement could not  be  true  since  even  Abraham, their  father  in faith,  and  the prophets all died.
     Jesus boldly told  them  that "[Abraham] looked forward to  the  day  when  I would come;  and  he rejoiced when  he saw it."   How  could Jesus say that,  considering that  he was not  even fifty years old? Because Jesus claimed to be God, "Truly,  I say to you,  before Abraham was, I am." The Jews clearly understood Jesus' claim  and they  "picked up stones to  throw at him."  Before  Pilate  the  Jews  said,  "We  have  a Law  and, according to the Law  this man must  die because he made  himself Son of God."

     Jesus, Incarnate Son of God, have mercy on us.




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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