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Thursday, April 10th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 8:51-59.

Thursday of the Fifth week of Lent

10 APRIL 2014

“Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham
came to be, I AM.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 8:51-59.

Jesus said to the Jews: «Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.»
(So) the Jews said to him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed.
Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say,
‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’
Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets, who died?
Who do you make yourself out to be?”
Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say,
‘He is our God.’
You do not know him, but I know him. And if I should say that I do not know him,
I would be like you a liar.
But I do know him and I keep his word.
Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.
So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.”
So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.

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Thursday of the Fifth week of Lent

Commentary of the day

Origen (c.185-253), priest and theologian
Homilies on the book of Genesis, no. 8 ; SC 7

“Abraham rejoiced to see my day”

“God put Abraham to the test and said to him: ‘Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and offer him up as a sacrifice on a height that I will show to you’ ” (Gn 22,2). Notice how that same son on whom great and wonderful promises rested… Abraham received the command to offer in holocaust on a mountain to the Lord!

What do you feel about this command, Abraham?… The apostle Paul to whom, I think, the Spirit had revealed Abraham’s thoughts and feelings, said: “Abraham did not doubt God’s promises in unbelief when he offered up his only son Isaac on whom rested the promises for he reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead” (Rm 4,20; Heb 11,17.19)… This, then, was the first time when faith in the resurrection was shown. Yes, Abraham hoped Isaac would rise again and believed in the realization of something that had never happened before… Abraham knew that in him the prefiguration of a coming reality was already taking shape; he knew the Messiah, the true victim offered on behalf of the whole world, who was to triumph over death through his resurrection, would be born from his descendants.

“So early the next morning Abraham rose and… on the third day… came to the place of which God had told him.” The third day is always associated with mystery and… the Lord’s resurrection in particular took place on the third day… “Abraham got sight of the place from afar. Then he said to his servants: ‘Both of you stay here with the donkey, while the boy and I go over yonder. We will worship and then come back to you.’”… Now tell me, Abraham, were you speaking the truth to your servants when you stated you were going to worship and then return with the boy; or did you want to deceive them?… “I am telling the truth,” Abraham answers. “I am offering the boy in sacrifice , which is why I am bringing the wood with me. Then I am coming back to you with the boy. Truly, I believe with all my heart that ‘God is sufficiently powerful to raise the dead.’”

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Wednesday, April 9th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 8:31-42.

Wednesday of the Fifth week of Lent

9 APRIL 2014

“If you remain in my word, you will truly be
my disciples, and you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 8:31-42.

Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone.
How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.
A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son always remains.
So if a son frees you,
then you will truly be free.
I know that you are descendants of Abraham. But you are trying to kill me,
because my word has no room among you.
I tell you what I have seen in the Father’s presence; then do what you have heard from the Father.”
They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham.” Jesus said to them,
“If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works of Abraham.
But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God;
Abraham did not do this.
You are doing the works of your father!” (So) they said to him, “We are not illegitimate.
We have one Father, God.”
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here;
I did not come on my own, but he sent me.


Tuesday, April 8th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 8:21-30.

Tuesday of the Fifth week of Lent

8 APRIL 2014

“The one who sent me is with me. He has not
left me alone, because I always do what is
pleasing to him.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 8:21-30.

Jesus said to the Pharisees: “I am going away and you will look for me, but you will die in your sin.
Where I am going you cannot come.”
So the Jews said, “He is not going to kill himself, is he, because he said,
‘Where I am going you cannot come’?”
He said to them, “You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above. You belong to this world,
but I do not belong to this world.
That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM,
you will die in your sins.”
So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning.
I have much to say about you in condemnation. But the one who sent me is true,
and what I heard from him I tell the world.”
They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father.
So Jesus said (to them),
“When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own,
but I say only what the Father taught me.
The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone,
because I always do what is pleasing to him.”
Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.


Monday, April 7th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 8:1-11.

Monday of the Fifth week of Lent

7 APRIL 2014

“Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at her.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 8:1-11.

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started
coming to him, and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery
and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”
They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him,
he straightened up and said to them,
“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one,
beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said,
“Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.”

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Monday of the Fifth week of Lent

Commentary of the day

This handout picture released on March 28, 2014
by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis
during a confession as part of a penitential mass
at St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis
Apostolic Exhortation
« Evangelii Gaudium / The Joy of the Gospel »
§1-3 (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

“Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more”

The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew… The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard… This is a very real danger for believers too…

I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord” (Pope Paul VI). The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.

Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”. How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost!… God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18,2) has given us his example… Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders (Lk 15,5). No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Sunday, April 6th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 11:1-45.

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year A

6 APRIL 2014

“Lazarus, come out!”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 11:1-45.

Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair;
it was her brother Lazarus who was ill.
So the sisters sent word to him, saying, “Master, the one you love is ill.”
When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God,
that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and you want to go back there?”
Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in a day? If one walks during the day, he does not stumble,
because he sees the light of this world.
But if one walks at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
He said this, and then told them, “Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going to awaken him.”
So the disciples said to him, “Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved.”
But Jesus was talking about his death, while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep.
So then Jesus said to them clearly, “Lazarus has died.
And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe. Let us go to him.”
So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go to die with him.”
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away.
And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus,
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
(But) even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.”
Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God,
the one who is coming into the world.”
When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying,
“The teacher is here and is asking for you.”
As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him.
For Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still where Martha had met him.
So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her saw Mary get up quickly and go out,
they followed her, presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him,
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he became
perturbed and deeply troubled,
and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”
And Jesus wept.
So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”
But some of them said, “Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have
done something so that this man would not have died?”
So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, by now
there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.”
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they
may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth.
So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”
Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

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Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year A

Commentary of the day

Saint Ephrem (c.306-373),
Deacon in Syria, Doctor of the Church
Commentary on the Diatessaron, 17, 7-10 ; SC 121

“I am the resurrection and the life”

When he asked: “Where have you laid him?”, tears came to our Lord’s eyes. His tears were like rain, Lazarus was like seed and the tomb like the earth. He cried out in a voice like thunder and death trembled at his voice. Lazarus sprang up like the seed, came out and worshiped the Lord who had raised him up.

Jesus… restored life to Lazarus and died in his place for, when he drew him out of the tomb and sat down at his table, he himself was symbolically buried by the oil Mary poured over his head (Mt 26,7). The power of the death that had overcome him for four days was wiped out… that death might know how easy it was for the Lord to overcome it on the third day… His promise is truthful: he had promised that he himself would come to life again on the third day (Mt 16,21)… Therefore the Lord restored their joy to Mary and Martha by treading down death to demonstrate that he himself would not be held by death for ever… From now on, every time someone says that rising on the third day is impossible, let them consider him who was raised on the fourth day…

“Go and take away the stone.” What is this? He who raised a dead man and restored him to life, couldn’t he have opened the tomb and overturned the stone? He who said to his disciples: “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain: ‘Move from here to there’” (Mt 17,20), could he not move aside the stone, shutting the entrance to the tomb with one word? Certainly he could! He whose voice, when he hung on the cross, split rocks and sepulchers, could have taken away the stone with his word (Mt 27,51-52). But because he was Lazarus’ friend, he said: “Open it that the smell of decay may hit you, and you who wrapped him in his winding sheet, unbind him, that you may surely recognize the one you buried.”

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Saturday, April 5th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 7:40-53.

Saturday of the Fourth week of Lent

5 APRIL 2014

Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said,
«This is truly the Prophet.»

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 7:40-53.

Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, «This is truly the Prophet.»
Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But others said, “The Messiah will not come from Galilee, will he?
Does not scripture say that the Messiah will be of David’s family and come from Bethlehem,
the village where David lived?”
So a division occurred in the crowd because of him.
Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?”
The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this one.”
So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived?
Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?
But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.”
Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them,
Does our law condemn a person before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?
They answered and said to him, “You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that
no prophet arises from Galilee.”
Then each went to his own house,

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Saturday of the Fourth week of Lent

Commentary of the day

Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591),
Carmelite, Doctor of the Church
Ascent of Mount Carmel, II, ch. 22
(trans. ©ICS publications rev.)

“Never before has anyone spoken like this one”

God could answer: “My Son is my entire locution and response; vision and revelation, which I have already spoken, answered, manifested, and revealed to you by giving him to you as a brother, companion, master, ransom, and reward… ‘This is my beloved Son in I am well pleased, hear him’ (Mt 17,5).

If you desire me to answer with a word of comfort, behold my Son subject to me and to others out of love for me, and afflicted, and you will see how much he answers you. If you desire me to declare some secret truths or events to you, fix your eyes only on him and you will discern hidden in him the most secret mysteries and wisdom, and wonders of God, as my Apostle proclaims: “In the Son of God are hidden all the treasures of the wisdom and knowledge of God” (Col 2,3). These treasures of wisdom and knowledge will be for you far more sublime, delightful, and advantageous than what you want to know. The apostle, therefore, gloried, affirming that he had acted as though he knew no other than “Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1Cor 2,2). And if you should seek other divine or corporeal visions and revelations, behold him, become human, and you will find more than you imagine. For the apostle Paul also says: “In Christ all the fullness of the divinity dwells bodily” (Col 2,9).”

One should not, then, inquire of God in this manner, nor is it necessary for God to speak any more…: there is no more faith to reveal, nor will there ever be.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Friday, April 4th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 7:1-2.10.25-30.

Thursday of the Third week of Lent

4 APRIL 2014

So they tried to arrest him, but no onelaid a hand
upon him, because his hour had not yet come.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 7:1-2.10.25-30.

After this, Jesus moved about within Galilee; but he did not wish to travel in Judea,
because the Jews were trying to kill him.
But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.
But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but (as it were) in secret.
So some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, “Is he not the one they are trying to kill?
And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him. Could the authorities
have realized that he is the Messiah?
But we know where he is from. When the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.”
So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said,
“You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own,
but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.
I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”
So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.

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Friday of the Fourth week of Lent

Commentary of the day

Saint Augustine (354-430),
Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Sermons on Saint John’s gospel, no.31, 3-4 ; CCL 36, 294-295

You know me and you do not know me

“Jesus cried out in the temple area:’You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.’” Which goes to say: “You know me but you do not know me”, or even: “You know where I come from and you do not know. You know where I come from: Jesus of Nazareth. And you know my family.” The only thing that was hidden from them in this area was his virginal birth… They knew everything about Jesus with respect to his human nature: his appearance, his home, family and birthplace. Thus the Lord was right in saying to them: “You know me and you know where I come from” according to the flesh and the human appearance he had assumed.

Whereas according to his divinity, he said: “I did not come on my own but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.” Now, if you want to know him, believe in him whom he has sent and you will know him. So, if you want to know him, believe in the one he has sent and you will get to know him. For “No one has ever seen God; the only-begotten Son who is in the Father’s heart: he has made him known” (Jn 1,18). And again: “No one knows who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him” (Lk 10,22)… “I know him”: ask me, therefore, to make him known to you… “I come from him and it is he who sent me”. A magnificent affirmation of a twofold truth…: the Son proceeds from the Father and all that the Son is he takes from him whose Son he is. That is why we say the Lord Jesus is “God from God” (Creed), whereas we simply call the Father… ‘God’. We also say that our Lord Jesus is “Light from Light”, whereas we simply call the Father… ‘Light’. This is what those words mean: “I come from him.”

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Thursday, April 3rd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 5:31-47.

Thursday of the Fourth week of Lent

3 APRIL 2014

“I came in the name of my Father,
but you do not accept me”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 5:31-47.

Jesus said to the Jews: «If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.
But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.
You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved.
He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.
Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
and you do not have his word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.
You search the scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf.
But you do not want to come to me to have life.
I do not accept human praise;
moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.
How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father: the one who will accuse you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope.
For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me.
But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

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Thursday of the Fourth week of Lent

Commentary of the day

Saint Bernard (1091-1153),

Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church
Sermons on the Song of Songs,
no.20, § 2 (trans. ©Classics of Western spirituality)

“I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me”

Above all, O good Jesus, I love you for the chalice you drained for our redemption… It is this that most sweetly allures our love, most justly exacts it, most closely binds it and makes it the most vehement. For on that day our Savior underwent immense labor and the Creator himself did not have as much trouble in forming the entire universe. Of that mighty work we read: “He spoke and they were made; He commanded and they were created.” Whereas, in order to redeem us, the Savior had to affirm his words before those who contradicted him, defend his actions against a hostile surveillance, undergo torment before his mockers and death in the midst of reproaches. He loved us even to this point.

Remember, too, that in this he was not loving anybody in return but of himself. For: “who has given him anything that he should be repaid?” (Rm 11,35). Rather, as Saint John the Evangelist says: “Not that we have loved God but that he has first loved us” (1Jn 4,10). To sum up, he loved us even before we existed, and, what is more, loved us when we resisted him, as St. Paul testifies: “While we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Rm 5,10). For if he had not loved us when we were His enemies, he would have had no friends and if he had not loved those who did not as yet exist, he would never have had anyone to love at all.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Wednesday, April 2nd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 5:17-30.

Wednesday of the Fourth week of Lent

2 APRIL 2014

I cannot do anything on my own;
I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 5:17-30.

Jesus answered the Jews: «My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.»
For this reason the Jews tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath
but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.
Jesus answered and said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, a son cannot do anything on his own,
but only what he sees his father doing; for what he does, his son will do also.
For the Father loves his Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him
greater works than these, so that you may be amazed.
For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes.
Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to his Son,
so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor
the Father who sent him.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and
will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life.
Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God,
and those who hear will live.
For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to his Son the possession of life in himself.
And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice
and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done
wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation.
I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own
will but the will of the one who sent me.

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Wednesday of the Fourth week of Lent

Commentary of the day

Odes of Solomon
(Hebrew Christian text from the beginning of the 2nd century)
N° 42 (trans. ©J.H. Charlesworth)

“The dead will hear the voice of the Son of God”

[Christ speaks:]
I became useless to those who knew me not,
because I shall hide myself from those who possessed me not.
And I will be with those who love me.
All my persecutors have died,
and they who trusted in me sought me, because I am living!
I arose and am with them. and will speak by their mouths.
For they have rejected those who persecute them;
and I threw over them the yoke of my love.
Like the arm of the bridegroom over the bride (cf Sg 2,6),
so is my yoke over those who know me.
And as the bridal feast is spread out by the bridal pair’s home, s
So is my love by those who believe in me.

I was not rejected
although I was considered to be so,
and I did not perish
although they thought it of me.
Sheol saw me and was shattered,
and Death ejected me and many with me.
I have been vinegar and bitterness to it,
and I went down with it as far as its depth.
Death was released,
because it was not able to endure my face.

And I made a congregation of living among his dead (1P 3,19; 4,6);
and I spoke with them by living lips;
in order that my word may not fail.
And those who had died ran toward me;
and they cried out and said, “Son of God, have pity on us.
And deal with us according to your kindness,
and bring us out from the chains of darkness.
And open for us the door
by which we may go forth to you,
for we perceive that our death does not approach you.
May we also be saved with you,
because you are our Savior.”

Then I heard their voice,
and placed their faith in my heart.
And I placed my name upon their forehead (Rv 14,1),
because they are free and they are mine.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


Tuesday, April 1st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 5:1-16.

Tuesday of the Fourth week of Lent

1 APRIL 2014

“Do you want to be well?”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 5:1-16.

There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep (Gate) a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes.
In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled.
One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him,
“Do you want to be well?”
The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while
I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked. Now that day was a sabbath.
So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.”
He answered them, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.'”
They asked him, “Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk’?”
The man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there.
After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him, “Look, you are well; do not sin any more,
so that nothing worse may happen to you.”
The man went and told the Jews that Jesus was the one who had made him well.
Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because he did this on a sabbath.

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Tuesday of the Fourth week of Lent

Commentary of the day

Saint Maximus of Turin (?-c.420), Bishop
Sermon for Lent ; CC Sermon 50, p. 202 ; PL 57, 585

« Do you want to be healed? » Lent leads to baptism.

We read in the Old Testament that in the times of Noah, since all humankind had been won over by sin, heaven’s floodgates opened and rain poured down for forty days… This was a symbol: it was less about a flood than about a baptism. For it was indeed a baptism that bore away the misdeeds of the sinners and spared the uprightness of Noah. And so today, just as it was then, our Lord has given Lent to us so that the skies can open for the same number of days to inundate us with the floods of divine mercy. Once washed in the saving waters of baptism, this sacrament enlightens us and, just as formerly, its waters bear away the evil of our sins and confirm the uprightness of our virtues.

Today’s situation is just the same as in Noah’s time. Baptism is flood to sinners and consecration for the faithful. In baptism the Lord rescues justice and destroys injustice. We can see this in the example of one and the same man: before he was cleansed by the spiritual commands, the apostle Paul was a persecutor and blasphemer (1Tm 1,13). But once he had been bathed with the heavenly rain of baptism, the blasphemer died, the persecutor died, Saul died. Then the apostle, the just man, Paul came to life… Anyone who lives Lent in a religious manner and observes the Lord’s decrees will see sin die in him and grace come to life…; such as these die as sinners and live as righteous persons.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014


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