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FRIDAY OF THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT, MARCH 22, 2024




Gospel

Jn 10:31-42

The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?” The Jews answered him ,“We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.” Jesus answered them,“ Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”‘? If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and Scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Then they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power.


He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained. Many came to him and said, “John performed no sign, but everything John said about this man was true.” And many there began to believe in him.



REFLECTION


The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2148) states that the second commandment prescribes respect for the Lord's name. Blasphemy was considered a capital offense by the Jewish people, punishable by death. (Leviticus 24:16)


Jesus was accused of blasphemy by the Jewish leaders. They considered Him only a man, while He claimed to be God's Son. They wanted to silence and punish Him for saying things that were blasphemous.


They did not believe Jesus was the Son of God.


How can one convince someone that what they firmly believe is incorrect? By observed works, scripture and testimony.


Jesus showed them by the good works that the Father gave Him to accomplish.


Jesus refutes the Jewish people by quoting Scripture (Psalm 82:6), "Is it not written in your law, 'I said you are gods"'?


The Jewish people were very familiar with John the Baptism who testified for Jesus.


Though they agreed He had done great works, they could not accept that He was the Son of God. They were hard hearted.


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God Bless You





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