March 13, 2013
John 5: 17-30
But Jesus answered them, “My Father is still working, and I also am working.” For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God. Jesus said to them, “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. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes.
The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life. “Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; and he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and will come out—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.“ I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
The Sign of the Cross
You might find it difficult, as do I, to understand what John’s message is in today’s gospel. There are numerous references to how the Father and the Son relate to one another. I think this is John’s message. While the Holy Spirit is not mentioned, I cannot help but think of the Trinity.
Have you ever thought of the Sign of the Cross as a Trinitarian prayer? The longer version of it adapted from Mark Link, S.J., below, makes this more obvious:
Father, you create me from your infinite love and to your infinite love you call me. You put me here on earth today for a purpose.
Lord Jesus, you become man for me that I may know God. You die for me that I may know the fullness of God’s love for me. You call me to complete your work that all people may know your love for them.
Holy Spirit, you are within me here and now. Hold me, comfort me, guide me, confirm me. Allow me to hear and to see and to think with your wisdom today. Allow me to speak and to act and to will with your love today….
—David McNulty, Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits
Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, I come before you in prayer. May my entire day give you greater honor and glory. May I be your instrument in making your love known to all the people you put into my life today.
—Adapted from Mark Link, S.J.
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