MY daily reflection and prayer:
Thursday, March 26, 2015: The Fifth Week of Lent
Here is the Gospel for us today according to John 8:51-59
Yesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.” The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, as did the prophets; and you say, `If any one keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you claim to be?”
Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing; it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is your God. But you have not known him; I know him. If I said, I do not know him, I should be a liar like you; but I do know him and I keep his word.
Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad.” The Jews then said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.
I will focus today’s reflection and prayer of mine on Jesus’ word, “Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.” Do we listen to Jesus’ word and depend our lives on it? Notice that Jesus says, “if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.”
What kind of death is it? I then remember what St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) explains on it. He writes that it means nothing less than he saw another death from which he came to free us: the second death, eternal death, the death of hell, the death of the damned, which is shared with the devil and his angels! This is the real death; the other kind of death is only a passage.
What does Jesus want to teach us with this word? Truly, he wants to challenge us to accept his word as the very revelation of God himself. His word is a foundation of our faith and our understanding of God, the Father. This is Jesus’ life and mission.
As the only begotten Son of the Father in heaven, Jesus has direct personal communion with his Father in heaven. He also knows everything about the Father. He thinks, lives and acts in the knowledge of his Father’s word. In Jesus alone we see what God wants us to know and what he wants us to be.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship Jesus Christ who represents the love of God in visible flesh. He is the Son of God who became a man for our salvation. His death and resurrection make it possible for us to share in his immortality. Let’s believe in the word of Jesus with all our hearts, minds, and strengths.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, may we keep your word that we will never see death. Let your word be on our lips and in our hearts that we may walk in the freedom of your everlasting love, truth and goodness now and forever. Amen.
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