Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

JER 20:10-13; JN 10:31-42


The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me?" 

Jesus confronted the Jews who did not accept him as the Son of God. For them it was blasphemy, an unacceptable statement. Jesus tried to convince them by saying, “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 realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."

We constantly make statements about others or events. What do we base our statements or truth on? On our own perception? On what we believe? Or on what other people tell us?

We often don't have the whole truth. However, we would like to conclude and label others with all kinds of names. What I’ve learned is that we are all in the process of seeking the truth about history, genders, cultures, generations, politics, family and religions.

Jesus teaches us to use the “good works" he performed to judge him and to recognize the One who sent him. We need to be more careful and conscious about what we see, hear and believe in order to truly bring unity and peace to our society.

Reflection question:
Why do you believe in Jesus? How quickly are you going to judge others?

Fr. Tat Hoang, C.Ss.R.
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