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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 21, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Jesus my Lord, my God you love us so much that you came to save us from eternal death, to lift the fear, threat and even the terror of death. So that we may look beyond death and see the promise of eternal life with You.  All you ask is that we be faithful to Your Word.

Yet some of us still mock you through our blind obstinacy, when we fail to see that you were true man and are true God. Fail to see that all the great prophets, saints, men and women of virtue who were faithful to your Word and who are now our brothers and sisters in heaven were all created in your image, Your creation. You who are the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end are above all.

We fail you, when we refuse to open our hearts and minds to Your Truth.  Why do you still love us so? In your loving mercy you were patient and are patient still.  Instead of punishing us for our outright rejection of the truth, you gently  explain and remind us of  Your loving unity with Our heavenly Father, you reveal to us how you came to save us through the humility of your incarnation by the power of Your Holy Spirit.  Continue Lord to guide us all through your bountiful love for us, into the realization that when we accept wholeheartedly the truth of Your Word in humility we will soon begin to see Your face unveiled…..

Hear us Lord we humbly pray…..

O God of all faithfulness, have mercy on us who have strayed from the covenant we embraced in baptism and bring us into deeper communion with You through our Lenten observance. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen

GOSPEL John 8:51–59

Jesus said to the Jews: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” So the Jews said to him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets, who died? Who do you make yourself out to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ You do not know him, but I know him. And if I should say that I do not know him, I would be like you a liar. But I do know him and I keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.