Lent Wk 4th: Thursday,  Thursday, 15th March,2018  (Jn 5:31-40)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Jesus as Saviour: In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaims, “these deeds of Mine testify that the Father has sent Me.”  Many continue to be lukewarm and even reject the Truth about Jesus who is the Saviour and Lord of our lives.  Is it true that this often happens because we are torn between our love for Jesus and riches, comfort, power and glory?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Jesus said to the Jews: ‘Were I to testify on my own behalf, my testimony would not be true; but there is another witness who speaks on my behalf, and I know that his testimony is true. You sent messengers to John, and he gave his testimony to the truth-not that I depend on human testimony; no, it is for your salvation that I mention it. 

‘John was a lamp lit and shining and for a time you were content to enjoy the light that he gave. But my testimony is greater than John's: the deeds my Father has given me to perform, these same deeds of mine testify that the Father has sent me. Besides, the Father who sent me bears witness to me himself. You have never heard his voice, you have never seen his shape, and his word finds no home in you because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent. 

‘You pore over the scriptures, believing that in them you can find eternal life; it is these scriptures that testify to me, and yet you refuse to come to me to receive life!’ 

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • •John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus as “He who comes after me has a higher rank than I” and “Behold, the Lamb of God.” 

  • John’s passionate plea for the crowd to follow Jesus created a great impact on the crowd and carried a lot of weight.

  • •Like John, we should witness to Jesus’ Truth more faithfully so that more people will believe and follow the “Light” of Christ that leads to eternal happiness.