The Gospel Today
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent
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.
Reflection (Sem. Ramon Jamora, Jr.):
(I wish to begin my sharing with a little activity. Please read the Gospel again but this time, substitute the word “JEWS” with your name. You may want to read it all over again.)
- How did you feel while reading the Gospel when you substituted your name? Which part of your conversation with Jesus struck you the most? Why?
Allow me to share my experience. I felt awkward when I first heard my name. I smiled a bit as I progressed my reading. Eventually it bothered me because it was as if Jesus was really talking to me. I was tempted to change this reflection but I felt a strong drive to continue.
After reading it for the third time, I was struck with the part where Jesus said, “And if I should say that I do not know him, I would be like you, Ramon, a liar.”
My attention was drawn to this part because it made me realize that I am really a liar. Jesus is true in His words to me. I am a liar because I speak of building relationships but I’m shying myself away from those whom I dislike. I am a liar because I speak about love but still have grudges over others. I am a liar because I invite others to follow Jesus but I am not really being a good model to them.
But I do not want to mislead you because I am a liar. I still wish to impart what’s most important, who is Jesus. I may be a liar but if I should say nothing about Jesus perhaps I would be the greatest liar of all.
The main theme of the Gospel is to be authentic in living our Christian life – integrity. Perhaps it is good to see ourselves from within and how we translate them into action.
Let us not waste our dialogue with Jesus. May this day be a blessing for us to be like our Lord, the Truth who will set us free.