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TUESDAY, March 23, 2010

 “I do always those things that please Him    Jn 8: 21-30

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John offers us an impressive proclamation of Jesus' divinity, presenting Him as "I am"—the liberating God, revealed in the desert in action to rescue His people.  After the story of the adulteress, as proof that His enemies live in ignorance, Jesus proclaims Himself as the "Light", inspired by the temple that, according to the evangelist, is decorated with the lights that are lit for the festival of the tabernacles.

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In view of the blindness of his listeners and their inability to understand the deep sense of His words, Jesus establishes the difference between His questioners and Himself, and proclaims: "You are from below, but I am from above; you are of this world, but I am not of this world"; i.e., there is a great distance between the two, given the interests that are so different.  Jesus tries to make God's work in the world clear, as well as His mission of love and compassion for all, without distinction.  They cling to their own interests that do not allow them to discover God's presence and manifestations in their daily lives.  Jesus considers that to be the sin in which they live, and so warns them that "they will die in their sins if they do not believe that I Am".

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 The "I Am" will be worshipped on the Cross.  The contemplation of the crucified will place us in the presence of the divine revelation and will lead us in our own paschal journey.  Jesus is the God of the exodus that leads humanity - along with Him - towards the Father.  Jesus saves those who contemplate Him with the faith and love of the beloved disciple and of His Mother, deepened in His profound mystery. 

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REFLECTION:  Mother St. Pierre wrote: "Our Savior said that if we want to follow Him, we must renounce ourselves, bear our cross and then follow Him...be courageous and follow your Jesus blindly.  What can we fear if we know that the hand of God holds us and guides us on the path of paradise?"

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


 

Date: 22/Mar/2010

 

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