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Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Jeremiah 17:7-8: Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we know you are there! In the morning, in the evening, in the long nights, we know we are not alone. Thank you for knowing us and going with us through all our days. Please make your presence known to us this day as we seek to honor you in what we do and say. In the name of Infant Jesus, we ask this. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (March 21, 2013)
Day: Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent
First Reading: Gn 17:3-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: John 8:51-59
Lectionary: 254
Colour: Violet
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: John 8:51-59
51Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death." 52The 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.' 53Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you claim to be?" 54Jesus 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. 55But 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. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad." 57The Jews then said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?" 58Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." 59So they took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
When God established a relationship with Abraham, he offered him a strong and everlasting covenant. Jesus came to fulfill that covenant so that we could know the living God and be jointed with him both now and for all eternity. God made us to know him and to be united with him and he gives us the gift of faith and considerate so that we may grow in the knowledge of what he has accomplished for us through his Son, Jesus. Jesus challenged the people of Israel to acknowledge his word as the very revelation of God himself. His claim challenged the very basis of their belief and understanding of God. Jesus made a series of claims which are the very foundation of his life and assignment. What are these claims? First, Jesus claims exclusive knowledge of God as the only begotten Son of the Father in heaven. Since he claims to be in direct personal unity with his Father in heaven, he knows everything about the Father. Jesus claims that the only way to full knowledge of the intellect and heart of God is through himself. Jesus also claims exceptional obedience to God the Father. He thinks lives and acts in the knowledge of his Father's word. To look at his life is to "see how God wishes us to live." In Jesus alone we see what God wants us to know and what he wants us to be. Loving Infant Jesus let your word be on our lips and in our heart that we may walk in the freedom of your everlasting love, truth and goodness.


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