Thursday 26 March 2020

About Today Readings

Exodus 32:7-14. Lord, remember us, for the love you bear your people – Psalm 105(106):19-23. John 5:31-47.

‘You refuse to come to me to have life.’

These are challenging words from Jesus today. He names all our ways of evading his impact on our way of life. To the people listening he offers a blistering wakeup call: ‘You do not believe in him whom [the Father] has sent’; ‘you do not have the love of God in you’; ‘you do not accept me’; ‘you refuse to come to me to have life’. We who read this Gospel can recoil with anger or confusion. But in praying over these statements of Jesus to those gathered, we can search our own hearts. Am I living my faith with integrity? Do I really believe in Jesus when it matters? Am I living in the love of God? Do I ask Jesus to bring me life to the full? Let’s return to him in prayer and ask for the grace of openness, healing and strength.

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