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Thursday, March 18, 2010

“The Father who sent me testifies on my behalf”   John 5,31-47


Jesus continues the same discussion with the Jews, for several reasons, on the subject of His authority to work on Saturday, and the legitimacy of His person and His actions.  First, there is human testimony that supports it. See John 1, 29: John came to Him. This is not the only or final testimony, but we must keep it in mind.  Second, consider the testimonies in Scripture itself, based primarily on Moses.  And third and most important testimony of all, God Himself, who has sent Jesus and whose works are the same. 


Those who listen to Jesus have sufficient explanation - they study the Scriptures!  And they can either accept it or reject it. They are solely responsible for their judgment.  Jesus uses a very interesting expression when he says to the Jews: "You study the Scripture thinking it holds eternal life, because it gives testimony of Me, but you do not want to come to Me to have life".  This means that it does not suffice to know - we must live what we know; it does not suffice to have faith - we must act.  It is not enough to be in the middle of the source of life itself - we must be aware and accept the fact that this source is our life! 


When reading the sacred text, we must recognize that God speaks to us for this precise moment that we are living; that those around us and that the things that happen every day are part of the word that becomes prophecy and life within us in the here and now.  Having faith means believing that the word read carefully and with devotion is life and is now, that it relates to me in the specific conditions in which I live every day.  When reading the Scripture, we must take the attitude of Jesus in the synagogue and say with Him: "Today, the word you just heard is done".


REFLECTION: “The life of the sisters is a prayer when, like Mary, they are prepared for the action of the Spirit revealing the Father and incarnating the Word in and through themselves and others. A life of prayer gives meaning to mission, and a meaningful mission enriches prayer.” (CCVI Constitutions No. 32)


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


Date: 18/Mar/2010


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