Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart or Mary.
The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me?”
The Jews answered him,
“We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy.
You, a man, are making yourself God.”
Jesus answered them,
“Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”‘?
If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came,
and Scripture cannot be set aside,
can you say that the one
whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world
blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;
but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me,
believe the works, so that you may realize and understand
that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
Then they tried again to arrest him;
but he escaped from their power.
He went back across the Jordan
to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained.
Many came to him and said,
“John performed no sign,
but everything John said about this man was true.”
And many there began to believe in him. JN 10:31-42
Jesus reveals two things today: 1. Scripture cannot be set aside and 2. “the Father is in me and I am in the Father”. Bold. Radical. He forces us to make a decision. Either we believe He is God who came into the world to save humanity from their sins or don’t and condemn ourselves eternally.
Why would Jesus say these things to the Jews? He knows stoning and death are the consequence for what He is claiming. He doesn’t back down and He continues to repeat himself in John’s Gospel adamantly that He is the Son of God and He is one with God. We have not even included the Bread of Life Discourse when Jesus tells us we must eat His Flesh and drink His Blood. Many of His own followers leave Him at this point. He doesn’t change His testimony even when many close followers walked away. Would you continue to stand up for the Truth even if people you are close to walked away?
Jesus speaks Truth, it is revealed in the Scriptures which “cannot be set aside”, comes from the Father, and gives us hope. Jesus can’t preach anything different. There is no other Divine Revelation, there is no other Creator. The Father of love, mercy, and Truth who allows us to call Him “Daddy” is the one True God. It is very difficult to believe, we need God’s grace, but most importantly we need to make a decision in our heart to believe and be open to this grace.
Today’s challenge: “And many there began to believe in him.” JN 10:42 Is your heart closer to Jesus since you started your Lenten journey or are you left with just a desire to be able to eat chocolate again? Take time each day to talk to Jesus, but most importantly sit in silence and listen.
Be a servant, become a saint!