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Thursday, March 30th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 5:31-47.


Thursday of the Fourth week of Lent

30 March 2017

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

Jesus said to the Jews:

“If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.”

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

30 March 2017

Commentary of the day

Saint Ephrem

(c.306-373),

Deacon in Syria, Doctor of the Church

Diatesseron, I, 18-19

“ You search the scriptures… : these are the ones that testify on my behalf ”

The Word of God is like the tree of life that gives blessed fruits from every side; it is like the rock opened in the desert that becomes  spiritual drink for everyone everywhere: “All ate the same spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink” (1 Cor 10:3-4; Ex 17:15).

May those who are able to get a share of one of its goods not believe that what they have found is all there is to the Word of God; may they rather realize that what they have discovered is only one amongst many others. May those who are enriched by the Word not believe that they have then impoverished the Word; as they consider that we are incapable of using up all its riches, may they give thanks for the greatness of the Word. Rejoice because the Word nourishes you, but do not be saddened since the riches of the Word are greater than you imagine!

Those who are thirsty are happy to drink but not saddened for not being able to dry out the spring! It is better that the spring satisfies your thirst than that your thirst dry out the spring. If your thirst is quenched without exhausting the spring you will then be able to drink again every time you thirst. Otherwise, if you exhaust the spring by satisfying your thirst, your success will turn out to be your misfortune. Give thanks for what you have received and do not complain about what remains unused. What you have received and taken is your part, but what is left will be your inheritance.

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Thursday of the Fourth week of Lent

30 March 2017

Saint of the day

St. John Climacus,

anchorite

(6th-7th centuries)

SAINT JOHN CLIMACUS
Anchorite
(6th-7th centuries)

        John made, while still young, such progress in learning that he was called the Scholastic. At the age of sixteen he turned from the brilliant future which lay before him, and retired to Mt. Sinai, where he put himself under the direction of a holy monk. Never was novice more fervent, more unrelaxing in his efforts for self-mastery. After four years he took the vows, and an aged abbot foretold that he would some day be one of the greatest lights of the Church.

        Nineteen years later, on the death of his director, he withdrew into a deeper solitude, where he studied the lives and writings of the Saints, and was raised to an unusual height of contemplation. The fame of his holiness and practical wisdom drew crowds around him for advice and consolation. For his greater profit he visited the solitudes of Egypt.

        At the age of seventy-five he was chosen abbot of Mt. Sinai, and there “he dwelt in the mount of God, and drew from the rich treasure of his heart priceless riches of doctrine, which he poured forth with wondrous abundance and benediction.”

        He was induced by a brother abbot to write the rules by which he had guided his life; and his book called the Climax, or Ladder of Perfection, has been prized in all ages for its wisdom, its clearness, and its unction.

        At the end of four years he would no longer endure the honors and distractions of his office, and retired to his solitude, where he fell asleep in the Lord.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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