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FRIDAY, March 26, 2010

“Believe me for the works that I do, for the Father is within me         John 10,31-42


Despite the explanation Jesus offered of his Father’s plan, and the wonders he worked, his efforts still angered his adversaries, “the jews”.  Even though Jesus showed them how to straighten their ways, they still preferred to “stone him”.


It is obvious that there is no sound reason to question what Jesus did, his witness.  According to them, the reason is blasphemy: “we do not stone you for any good work; we stone you for blasphemy, because You, a mere man, claim to be God”.  Let's think this through: if Jesus were to come out and say simply that he is the Son of God, just like that, they would have passed him off as being crazy.  And yet, he proclaims himself as the Son of God, but does so through his works.  To no avail, the Jews still did not believe him.  They insist on rejecting him simply because his deeds and words do not match the image they have of the coming Messiah. 


Jesus' deeds reveal the salvation that God offers to the world in his Son, and misrepresenting or ignoring this identity amounts to wasting God’s offer of salvation.  Those works lead us to have faith and invite us to a relationship of deep communion with Jesus - a communion which involves His relationship of love with the Father.  Our deeds are, or should be, evidence of our Christian identity. This is so, because we are called do the works that Jesus did, and thus carry out God’s salvific plan for our world.


It's not so much about what we say; rather, it's about showing with our own lives, that we belong to Christ, that his ways are our ways, that his mission is our mission, and finally, that it is no longer us who live in Christ, but rather, Christ who lives in us.


REFLECTION: We have been called and sent to "to actualize the saving and healing love of the Incarnate Word by promoting human dignity....” (CCVI Constitutions No. 3) Do our deeds resemble those of Jesus? And if they do, do you defend them and carry them out with all your heart?


Incarnate Word: I adore you and love you with all my heart


Date: 25/Mar/2010


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