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FRIDAY of 5th WEEK of LENT vendredi de la 5é semaine de Carême

“Now, the Jews fetched stones to stone Him.”

Jr. 20,10-13 Ps.17 Jn. 10,31-42

Friday of 5th Week of Lent, 18th March 2016

“The Jews fetched stones to stone Jesus.”

Jr.20,10-13 Ps.17 Jn.10,31-42

“Jesus said to the Jews : ’I have shown you many good works from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?’ The Jews answered him ’We are stoning you, not for doing a good work, but for blasphemy; though you are only a man, you claim to be God.”

Jesus said ’Is it not written in your Law ’I said, you are gods?’ So it uses the word ’gods’ of those people to whom the word of God was addressed-the scripture cannot be set aside. Yet to someone whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world you say ’You are blaspheming’ because I said ’I am the Son of God’.

Jesus tries to show the Truth about His Being to the Jews, but they consider him as a blasphemer and they condemn him to be stoned.

The Gospel shows us the motives of the condemnation of Jesus who speaks to them about the works he accomplished. He explains to them why He calls himself ’Son of God’, but these subjects are hard to understand by his adversaries : ’to be in the truth’ ’to hear his voice’.

But all this is in vain ; what Jesus tries to tell them has such widespread dimensions that they can’t manage to sieze it.The only ones who understand the meaning of his words are the simple, little ones, for the Kingdom of God is hidden to the great and knowledgeable.

The expression ’ I am the Son of God’ is unbearable for the Jews to hear! It will be the determining point of his condemnation. The father of lies is at work in this discordance which manifests self-will as opposed to the Will of God. We haven’t forgotten that the depth of this rebellion drowses in each one of us since the original fault!

“The Jews fetched some stones to stone him. If I am not doing my Father’s works, 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 am doing; then you will know for certain that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”

Jesus fights to present arguments which they can accept, but his efforts are in vain. When you get down to it ,Jesus will die for having said the truth about himself, for having been faithful to his person, to his identity and mission.

As a prophet, He will call to conversion and this call will be rejected;

He is the new Face of God and they will spit on Him;

He founds a new fraternity and He will be abandoned.

Jesus bothers people, and this revolt expresses our sin! It is like this because we do not know the God of Love. Jesus hasn’t finished creating links of Love, of doing good! Yet evil has been let loose against Him! We have had this experience : it is because we bring Love into certain situations that hatred can multiply. This is the spiritual combat in which we are committed, God who is Love is stronger than death and He is our victory, over everything which is opposed to Love.

“Again Jesus went back again to the far side of the Jordan to the district where John had been baptising at first and he stayed there. Many people who came to him said, ’John gave no signs, but all he said about this man was true ; and many of them believed in him.”

Once again the Lord’s Cross is raised up with all its strength, like a true standard.

’Oh admirable virtue of the Cross! Oh, ineffable glory of the Father! In it we can contemplate the tribunal of the Lord, the judgement of the world and the power of the Crucified. Oh yes, Lord! You drew to yourself all things when you stretched out your hands to this incredulous and rebellious people, the whole universe has understood that it right to pay homage to your majesty! (Saint Leon the Great)

The ’tone’ raises very strongly amongst the religious leaders and Jesus. Aggression will come down upon him very savagely.

We contemplate Jesus’ gentleness and his humility in the Passion on the the Holy Days.

Jesus has to flee to the other side of the Jordan and those who really believe in Him join him ready to follow Him and to listen to Him.

Baptism reaches us at this deep level in order to have us the bursting forth with love. The first fruit of this Gift is a renewed fraternity. In order to re

establish these fraternal links we must first of all re establish the filial links with our Heavenly Father. We are sisters and brothers because we have the same Father.

Let us become the tenderly beloved children of God.

We draw near to the Holy Days and Jesus’ Word provokes us to contemplate Him, and to be converted.

We ask for the grace to meditate this Word which is so current.

FRIDAY of 5th WEEK of LENT

“Jesus said tot he Jews : ’ I have shown you many good works from my Father,for which of these are you stoning me?’ The Jews answered him, ’We are stoning you, not for doing a good work, but for blasphemy;though you are only a man, you claim to be God’. Jesus answered :Is it not written in your law” said, you are gods.?“So it uses the word’gods’ of those people to whom the word of God was addressed-and scripture cannot be set aside. Yet to someone whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world, you say ’You are blaspheming” because I said’I am the Son of God’ !

The Jews cannot bear this expression ’I am the Son of God!’ In the end it is this that will condemn Jesus. Patiently, Jesus will take up the Jews’ arguments with the Law :

’It is written you are gods.’ If the psalm says : ’It is written that you are gods, he who listens to the word is a son of God.’ then why are you unhappy with me for saying that I am the Son of God?“Jesus sends each one back to thier own territory.”To someone whom the Father has consecrated and sent intot he world you say ’You are blaspheming!’ In this discord the father of lies is at work for we see peoples’ own will opposed to the will of the Father. At this deep level within each one of us there lies a rebellious spirit!

“The Jews fetched stones to stone him” ’ If I am not doing my Fayher’s work, there is no need to believe me; but if I am doing it, then even if you refuse to believe in me, et least believe in the work I do; then you will know for certain that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.They agin wanted to arrest him then, but he eluded their clutches.He went back again to the far side of the Jordan."

In raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus had brought about his own death sentance,for his ennemies took advantage of this event. The revolt we experience before Jesus who bothers us expresses our sinfulness! This is the way it is, as we do not know the God of Love. Jesus was always creating links of love and doing good. However, evil is let loose against him! We can have

the same experience : by bringing love into certain situations, evil can rear its ugly head and is let loose. This is the spiritual combat in which we are engaged . The final “good work” will be the Resurection, and this will manifest that the God of Love is stronger than death; it will manifest our victory in Him over everything that is opposed to Love.

“He went back again to the far side of the Jordan to the district where John had been baptizing at first and he stayed there. Many people who came to him said,’John gave no signs but all he said about this man was true, ’ and many believed in him.”

As we are approaching Holy Week and Easter, Jesus provokes us to contemplate him in the Word, and to be converted. The “tone” is being raised between the religious authorities and Jesus. Agressivity will come heavily down upon him. Very soon, we shall hear in the recital of His Passion : “Crucify him! Crucify him!” And so we shall contemplate the gentleness of Jesus and his humility throughout his Passion on Maunday Thursday and on Good Friday. Jeremy had already announced :

“I heard the so many disparaging me, Terror on every side! Denounce him! Let us denounce him! All those that were on good terms with me watched for my downfall. Perhaps he will be seduced into error. Then we shall get the better of him and take our revenge!”

Baptism reaches us at this very depth of our being, so that life can break forth from our being and that we dwell in God’s Life. The first fruit of this gift is a renewed fraternity. In order to re-establish these fraternal links, we need to to re-establish first and foremost our links with our Heavenly Father, as His daughters and as His sons. We are sisters and brothers because we have the same Father in Heaven. So let us become these children who are so tenderly loved by Our Heavanly Father, He who made us and who loves us with such an Infinite Love.

We ask for the grace to meditate upon this Word of God, which has a message for our time.