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WEDNESDAY OF THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT, MARCH 20, 2024



Gospel

Jn 8:31-42


Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him,

"If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,

and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham

and have never been enslaved to anyone.

How can you say, 'You will become free'?"

Jesus answered them, "Amen, amen, I say to you,

everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.

A slave does not remain in a household forever,

but a son always remains.

So if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free.

I know that you are descendants of Abraham.

But you are trying to kill me,

because my word has no room among you.

I tell you what I have seen in the Father's presence;

then do what you have heard from the Father."

They answered and said to him, "Our father is Abraham."

Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children,

you would be doing the works of Abraham.

But now you are trying to kill me,

a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God;

Abraham did not do this.

You are doing the works of your father!"

So they said to him, "We were not born of fornication.

We have one Father, God."

Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me,

for I came from God and am here;

I did not come on my own, but he sent me."


REFLECTION


There are many forks in the journey of life. Choices with unforeseen consequences. Which path are you traveling on? The wide path that turns out to be the highway to hell? Or the narrow path to salvation? 


When I had to let my driver’s license -my main I.D. - lapse because I had lost the capacity to open the car door or to steer- I felt that I had lost my freedom along with my identity.


The weight of the sin of one person rendered me incapacitated. Imagine the weight of the sin of trillions that Jesus had to pay for. 


The truth is, it is not my license that I identify with but being a disciple of Christ. In losing my independence, I have become dependent on Him. Did I lose my freedom? No, I only lost a convenience. Now, I am more free to focus on what truly matters.

Lord, grant us the grace to persevere through tribulations to freedom.


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