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The words we speak

Reflection:

In today’s gospel Jesus explains the power of words. The words we speak can be our own words or God’s words. The words we speak can be eternal life or death. The words we speak can’t be retracted once they leave our lips so we must demonstrate prudence in determining whether the words we are about to speak come from the Lord or not. Since we are His disciples we have the responsibility to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and to say and speak what the Father commanded. If Jesus did not come to condemn us humans who are sinners then who are we to condemn others. Rather we are called to speak truth and life at all times when it is popular and even more so when it is unpopular.

Reading (John 12: 44 – 50):

Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

True Jesus

Reflection:

In today’s gospel we see Jesus responding to the confrontation of the Jews to tell them plainly if he is the Christ. The soft love Jesus would respond stating that He is the Christ and do miracles to win the Jews over; however that would not challenge the faith of the people who have blatantly ignored His words and deeds done. True love challenges the Jews for even asking the question and rebukes them by stating “I told you and you do not believe. The words I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.” This response of Jesus states the facts in love and calls out the heart of the Jews. So may this gospel passage teach us that tough love and straightforwardness is true love. Similarly a loving father who’s child has disobeyed him several times by staying out past his curfew would not remind the child that he is the father and as an outpouring of his love has provided a housing & food for the child. Rather he would respond in tough love and confront the child’s actions. May today’s gospel provided us with deeper insight into who Jesus really was because He seems to be mistakenly viewed many times as just a really nice guy who happened to be the Son of God.

Reading (John 10: 22 – 30):

The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter.  And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

Conversion leads to repentance

Reflection:

Once Paul arose from the ground after hearing the voice of Jesus he was unable to see and neither ate nor drank for three days. Now even though Paul was blinded he could’ve still fed himself but purposefully chose not to eat nor drink for three days. Definitely puts our present day fasting on Good Friday to shame. So is Paul’s first act following be stricken by the light to fast? Fasting for Jews was a conducive to atonement (Joel 2: 12 – 18). Paul truly desired to convert his heart to Jesus and thus fasting was an avenue of demonstrating a contrite heart of sorrow. May we also continue to use fasting as a means to repentance when we are called to a deeper conversion of faith in Christ.

Reading (Acts 9: 1- 20):

Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He said, “Who are you, sir?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, for they heard the voice but could see no one.

Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.

There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is there praying, and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, that he may regain his sight.” But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.” So Ananias went and entered the house; laying his hands on him, he said, “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. He got up and was baptized, and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.

He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus, and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment