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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 14, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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What is the reason for your faith? Who is Jesus to you? Who is Jesus for you? Who do you say He is? How has He touched you?

Jesus was indeed a historical figure, found not just in the history of the Jews, but in the Romans and in the nations which had traded in the region. But what makes Jesus so special? Why would millions of people go through torture and death for Him? Why did the majority not fight but lay down their lives like lambs? Instead of crying death to others who do not believe in the one true God, Christians cry out love your neighbour!

How has He been able to change so many lives? To transform many which were once in the dark and in despair to those that brings light and joy for others? To liberate men and women from their addictions? How has He managed to bring joy when there was none? Hope when there was none? Love where there was none? How has He cured so many of their afflictions? Freed so many from oppression? Often times just in His name?

Jesus is my Lord my God, His promise fulfilled. He is the Son of the living God which gives me true life. I love Him with all my heart and aim to share His great love for me with others. For He is all encompassing love!  Though I may falter and fall, I know by His mercy He will pick me up and lead me on. So I will strive and move onwards towards the heavenly goal shouting with all my might,”Glory to you O Lord my God, for thy will be done now and forever!” Amen – Julian aka Catholicjules

Who is Jesus for you?

GOSPEL
John 5:31–47

31 If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true; 32 there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is true. 33 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say this that you may be saved. 35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36 But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has granted me to accomplish, these very works which I am doing, bear me witness that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness to me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen; 38 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe him whom he has sent. 39 You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. 41 I do not receive glory from men. 42 But I know that you have not the love of God within you. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. 44 How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; it is Moses who accuses you, on whom you set your hope. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”