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.
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.
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”
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.