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MARCH 26. LENT. WK. 5. FRI. JN. 10. 31-42

Updated: Aug 29

The Jews fetched stones to stone him, so Jesus said to them, ‘I have done many good works for you to see, works from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?’ The Jews answered him, ‘We are not stoning you for doing a good work but for blasphemy: you are only a man and you claim to be God.’ Jesus answered:

‘Is it not written in your Law:

I said, you are gods?

So the Law uses the word gods

of those to whom the word of God was addressed,

and scripture cannot be rejected.

Yet you say to someone the Father has consecrated and sent into the world,

“You are blaspheming,”

because he says, “I am the son of God.”

If I am not doing my Father’s work,

there is no need to believe me;

but if I am doing it,

then even if you refuse to believe in me,

at least believe in the work I do;

then you will know for sure

that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.’

They wanted to arrest him then, but he eluded them.

He went back again to the far side of the Jordan to stay in the district where John had once been baptising. Many people who came to him there said, ‘John gave no signs, but all he said about this man was true’; and many of them believed in him.

“The Jews fetched stones to stone Jesus”; - and the reason they did this was for claiming he was the Son of God.

These events took place shortly before Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, where he was to pay the ultimate price for this same claim, by his death on a Cross.

It is interesting to note this non-acceptance of the Divinity of Jesus Christ continues to this day; - with so many people in the world continuing to reject both his divinity and his teachings

The response of Jesus to this situation was to argue; - “At least believe in the work I do; then you will know for sure that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”

This was the perfect response when we consider all the miracles he had performed as this was what Jesus was alluding to; - if you do not believe what I say ‘look at what I have done”.

And these “works” (or miracles) remain today as the ultimate “evidence” Christ is the Son of God, as the Gospels are full of so many of them, you could ask ‘how much proof do you need before you believe?”

And just one example comes to mind; - namely the raising of Lazarus from the dead; - an event witnessed by large numbers; - but not accepted as “proof” Christ was the Son of God?

If they would not accept the raising of Lazarus from the dead it is little surprise; - then and now; - that they also rejected his his own rising from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Gospel Acclamation cf. John 6:63c,68c

Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!

Your words, Lord, are spirit and life;

you have the words of everlasting life.

Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!

First reading Jeremiah 20:10-13 ·

He has delivered the soul of the needy from the hands of evil men

Jeremiah said:

I hear so many disparaging me,

‘“Terror from every side!”

Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’

All those who used to be my friends

watched for my downfall,

‘Perhaps he will be seduced into error.

Then we will master him

and take our revenge!’

But the Lord is at my side, a mighty hero;

my opponents will stumble, mastered,

confounded by their failure;

everlasting, unforgettable disgrace will be theirs.

But you, O Lord of Hosts, you who probe with justice,

who scrutinise the loins and heart,

let me see the vengeance you will take on them,

for I have committed my cause to you.

Sing to the Lord,

praise the Lord,

for he has delivered the soul of the needy

from the hands of evil men.

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