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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 20, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Jesus is asking us today, are we truly His disciples? Do we strive each and every day to remain in His Word? Being faithful to the Gospels and turning away from sin? He knows our struggles and therefore urges us to remain in Him so that we may remain liberated from the snares of sin. Are we holding on to His cloak? Lifting up all temptations and placing them at His feet so that He can cast it off to whence it came? Or have we given in? Are our eyes, ears and hearts shut? Has worldly desires taken hold of our lives?

Cradle catholics, second and third generation Christians, are you truly grounded in your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ? Do you have a relationship with the Holy Trinity? Are you actively seeking to do God our Father’s Will? Are you growing in your faith seeking to be fruitful? Or is Christianity simply a form of membership for you? A hobby? A pastime? Do you actually believe that simply being a member alone entitles you to all heavenly privileges?

Let us pray…. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God have mercy on me a sinner. Help me to grow deeper in my faith and love for you and for others. Guide me and keep me on the narrow path,that I may always seek to do God’s Will, so that I may one day hear You call out to me, “Come beloved one, join me in paradise.” Amen

GOSPEL John 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.”