READINGS for 2006-03-29
?he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God. ? John 5:18
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Teach me in what way I can make You, Jesus, alive in our midst today.
God has promised us that He will never forget us just as a mother cannot fail to cherish the fruit of her womb or the baby at her breast. Yes, there are times when the human side of this comparison does fail, but it never fails if we add the further condition that the mother truly loves her child. I am sure that this was there in the mind of Isaiah when he made this prophecy! Let us draw strength, courage and hope from this promise of God and persevere in all that He calls us to do.
8 Thus says the LORD, ? In a time of favor I answer you, on the day of salvation I help you, to restore the land and allot the desolate heritages, 9 saying to the prisoners: ?Come out! To those in darkness. Show yourselves! Along the ways they shall find pasture, on every bare height shall their pastures be. 10 They shall not hunger or thirst, nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them; for he who pities them leads them and guides them beside springs of water. 11 I will cut a road through all my mountains, and make my highways level. 12 See, some shall come from afar, others from the north and the west, and some from the land of Syene.? 13 Sing out, O heavens, and rejoice, O earth, break forth into song, you mountains. For the LORD comforts his people and shows mercy to his afflicted. 14 But Zion said, ?The LORD has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.? 15 Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.
P S A L M
Psalm 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18
R: The Lord is gracious and merciful.
8 The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. 9 The LORD is good to all and compassionate toward all his works. (R) 13 The LORD is faithful in all his words and holy in all his works. 14 The LORD lifts up all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. (R) 17 The LORD is just in all his ways and holy in all his works. 18 The LORD is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. R)
G O S P E L
There is no doubt in Jesus? mind as to His identity as Son of God. As He approaches the ?hour? for which He came, namely His death and resurrection, He becomes more and more assertive of His identity in His conflicts with the Jewish authorities. Jesus unequivocally affirms the belief that He and the Father are one in mind and heart ? a truth that affirms the divinity of Jesus and will eventually help give rise to the doctrine of Trinity.
17 But Jesus answered them, ?My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.? 18 For this reason the Jews tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God. 19 Jesus answered and said to them, ?Amen, amen, I say to you, a son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees his father doing; for what he does, his son will do also. 20 For the Father loves his Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. 22 Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to his Son, 23 so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and elieves in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life. 25 Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to his Son the possession of life in himself. 27 And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 ?I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the One who sent me.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 1Kings 14-16
A TRUE FATHER?S SON
Today?s Gospel offers us a meditation upon the inner workings of the mind and heart of Jesus in relation to His obedience to his Father?s will. This is more than Jesus attempting to justify what He does. It is as if Jesus is voicing out some of His inner thoughts. John the Evangelist, a man who knew Jesus well, reports them to us as though he was a confidante to these thoughts. He reveals to us something of the mind and heart of Jesus in order that we will better understand the things that motivate Him.
Holy Spirit, I need your help to gain greater clarity and vision for my life. Help me to surrender all to the will of God so that I will be able to clearly discern His good and holy will for my life.
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