Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent (14th March, 2018) on the Gospel
Ps 144:8-9.13-14.17-18 (R. v. 8);
Topic: Sons and Daughters of God?
In reply to the Jews who were condemning Him for curing the man who had been ill for thirty-eight years Jesus said, “My Father is still working, and I also am working.” The Jews judged this statement blasphemous and sought all the more to kill Him. And today’s gospel reads further, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise” (Jn 5:19). Jesus went on to prove His divinity through His works, cf. Jn 10: 32, 38.
He further said to the Jews,
You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.... Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God (Jn 8:44, 49).
Jesus calls us friends because He has made known to us all He heard from the Father, cf. Jn 15:15. And for us to remain His friends, we must do what He taught us, cf. Jn 15:14.
We must consider what we do. Are they the things God asks of us or not? If they are we are really sons and daughters of God but if not then we must redefine our paternity. The gospel concludes with these words, “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgement is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me” (Jn 5:30).
Bible Reading: Jn 8:31-59.
Thought for today: Going to church does not make one a child of God.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to prove that we are truly your children by our actions – Amen.
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