11 April 2019. Thursday of the 5th Week of Lent
Reflection (Sem. Peter Collin C. Crisostomo)
In the coming days we are about to enter the greatest and holiest days of the year, also known as the Paschal Week. This is the week when Christ suffered, died, and rose again to life to save us from our sins. Yet before we enter that week we are given the scenario in today’s Gospel where Jesus was confronted by the Jews about His identity.
Jesus said to them that “before Abraham came to be, I AM.” What He is trying to tell us? In everything, He is present, there is neither past nor future. He is never “I was” nor “I will be.”
In the Old Testament, God revealed His name to Moses as “I Am who I Am” adding that “this is my name for ever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.” (cf. Judg. 13:18)
With all these, I am reminded that what is important is to always begin with Jesus. He is the source of everything. I exist because of Him. Everything exists because of Him. I have nothing to boast about myself for He had known me even before I was born. He made me and molded me, yet due to my frailty I commit sins. We all commit sin.
This season is a chance for me to renew my relationship with Him who is the great “I AM” who is always there for me no matter what. Let this season be also a channel for me and for everyone to be with Him in His suffering for our sins by doing our own share of sacrifices through fasting, almsgiving, and abstinence.
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to the Jews:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever keeps my word will never see death.”
So the Jews said to him,
“Now we are sure that you are possessed.
Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say,
‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’
Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died?
Or the prophets, who died?
Who do you make yourself out to be?”
Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing;
but it is my Father who glorifies me,
of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’
You do not know him, but I know him.
And if I should say that I do not know him,
I would be like you a liar.
But I do know him and I keep his word.
Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day;
he saw it and was glad.”
So the Jews said to him,
“You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
before Abraham came to be, I AM.”
So they picked up stones to throw at him;
but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.