Faith Daily | 26 March 2021
PRAYER of the WEEK Lent Five
We thank you heavenly Father,
that you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
we pray that
as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his presence abiding in us he may raise us
to joys eternal;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who lives ad reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen APBA p490
GOSPEL for the Day: John 10: 231-42
31 The Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus replied, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?’ 33The Jews answered, ‘It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God.’ 34Jesus answered, ‘Is it not written in your law,* “I said, you are gods”? 35If those to whom the word of God came were called “gods”—and the scripture cannot be annulled— 36can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, “I am God’s Son”? 37If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. 38But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand* that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.’ 39Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands.
40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. 41Many came to him, and they were saying, ‘John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.’ 42And many believed in him there.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Mary Dean
In today’s reading the Jews are hitting a blank wall as regards Jesus’ existence! They are refusing to accept who he says he is. They are condemning Jesus because He does not fit the preconceived idea they had of the promised Messiah.
How could a human being make himself out to be God? – God and man in one person. They were blocked by their limited knowledge and understanding. The miracles that Jesus was working showed that there was something special about Him. They were what the Father had given Him to do. They were an indication of a mysterious relationship – that the Father is in Him, and he is in the Father.
This knowledge called for wonder and astonishment! - they couldn’t disagree with the works that he had done, but were far from convinced by what he said. One can argue with words, but deeds speak for themselves. A great reminder that our actions always speak louder than our words.
This passage reminds us of the trouble Jesus had in being accepted by the Jewish authorities as speaking on behalf of God. We are coming closer to Holy Week when we recall the huge costs to Him of this rejection. His ability to love us to the very death, points to His divinity from which he received the power to carry through to the end. In our praying today may we ask for the continual awareness and realisation of this great love the Lord has for us.
May our hearts be open to Him - to “hear” and “do”.
Here I am Lord
It is I Lord
I have heard you calling in the night
I will go Lord
If you lead me
I will hold your people in my heart”