READINGS for 2007-03-29
KEEPING THE FAITH
On your part, you and your descendants after you must keep my covenant... – Genesis 17:9
P S A L M
G O S P E L
51 “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” 52 [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.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets, who died? Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 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.’ 55 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. 56 Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.
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A LIFE ETERNAL
“Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death” (Jn 8:51).The guarantee of everlasting life for anyone who believes in Him is a constant theme in Jesus’ teaching. As Christians we all know that the moment we receive Christ we are already assured of life eternal. But life that has no end is not just something that can be confirmed when we pass from this life to the next. There are human experiences on earth that are clear proofs that when we keep the word of God we really gain life. Take the issue of forgiveness for example. Haven’t you noticed how those who refuse to forgive suffer some sort of “death”? I met a man who came to me after being released from prison a few years back. He said the first years inside the prison were the most difficult—not because of the seclusion, but because during all those times he had nothing in his heart but hatred and evil plans against the ones responsible for his wrongful incarceration. And that somehow made his life really miserable. Can you imagine living your life with nothing but hatred in your heart? That must really be very difficult—for the person himself and the ones around him. When his moment of conversion came—when he heeded Jesus’ exhortation, he said, “I started to live again when I decided to forgive.”
REFLECTION QUESTION: Are you truly living?
Teach me Lord to live life to the full and to never experience death.
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