FRIDAY: “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”

+ In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Amen

Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus, I ask that You help me to listen to Your word such that in these days before Your passion, death and resurrection, I might prepare my heart to celebrate with the Church the joy of Your salvation.

Penitential Act

- (Make in silence a brief examination of your conscience for yesterday)

I ask forgiveness Lord as I know that You have loved me to the extreme, but sill many times I don’t trust you. I discover that my faith is weak and I loose my way on the path towards You. However, I have the certainty that always You forgive me as Your mercy is infinite. Help me to get back on my feet each time I fall.

Today’s Gospel: “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” (Saint John 10:31-42)

The Jews picked up rocks to stone him. 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 realise (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.

Brief Spiritual Text

Meditate on this reflection given by Saint Augustine:

“If the Law calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and scripture cannot be set aside,how 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’?” Yes indeed, if God has spoken to us so that we might be called ‘gods’, how could the Word of God, the Word that is in God, not be God? If we have been made sharers in his nature and have become gods because God speaks to us, how could this Word, through which this gift comes to us, not be God?… As for you, you approach the Light and receive it and are counted among the children of God, but if you draw back you become dark and are counted among the children of darkness (cf. 1Thes 5,5)… “Believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I in the Father.” The Son of God does not say “the Father is in me and I in the Father” in the same sense as we are able to do. In effect, if our thoughts are good, we are in God; if our lives are holy, God is in us. When we are sharers in his grace and enlightened by his light then we are in him and he in us. But… recognize what is proper to the Lord and what is a gift made to his servant. What is proper to the Lord is his equality with the Father, but the gift granted to his servant is to participate in the Savior. “Then they tried to seize him.” If only they had seized him! But by faith and intellect, not so as to mock and put him to death! At this very moment, as I speak to you…, all of us, both you and I, are wanting to seize Christ. To ‘seize’, what does that mean? You have ‘seized’ when you have understood. But Christ’s enemies were looking for something different. You have seized in order to possess but they wanted to seize him in order to get rid of him. And because this was how they wanted to seize him, what does Jesus do? “He escaped from their power.” They were unable to seize him because they did not have the hands of faith… We truly seize Christ if our minds grasp the Word.

Brief Personal Meditation

(Make silence in your interior and question yourself:)

- What does the Gospel tell me?

- How does it illuminate my life?

- How do I need to change to be more like Jesus?

- What do I lack in my life, to be more like Him?

Thanksgiving and Personal Petitions

Thank You Jesus for helping me cultivate my faith in You. I ask you to help me to believe, in spite of the many times that I do not see with great clarity and the trials which come my way. Help me to endure these for the goodness of you kingdom of love.

(If you want, you can ask the Lord for your intentions)

- Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be

Consecration to Mary

(Finish you prayer by praying to Mary:)

Mother of reconciliation,
blessed with extraordinary humility,
you who were chosen by God
and preserved from sin
as the first fruit of Reconciliation,
obtain for me
the Lord’s blessing
that I may always live
with a pure and reconciled heart.

Amen.

+ In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: Amen

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