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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome


Reading of the Word of God

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

John 5, 17-30

His answer to them was, 'My Father still goes on working, and I am at work, too.'

But that only made the Jews even more intent on killing him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he spoke of God as his own Father and so made himself God's equal.

To this Jesus replied: In all truth I tell you, by himself the Son can do nothing; he can do only what he sees the Father doing: and whatever the Father does the Son does too.

For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he himself does, and he will show him even greater things than these, works that will astonish you.

Thus, as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to anyone he chooses;

for the Father judges no one; he has entrusted all judgement to the Son,

so that all may honour the Son as they honour the Father. Whoever refuses honour to the Son refuses honour to the Father who sent him.

In all truth I tell you, whoever listens to my words, and believes in the one who sent me, has eternal life; without being brought to judgement such a person has passed from death to life.

In all truth I tell you, the hour is coming -- indeed it is already here -- when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and all who hear it will live.

For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself;

and, because he is the Son of man, has granted him power to give judgement.

Do not be surprised at this, for the hour is coming when the dead will leave their graves at the sound of his voice:

those who did good will come forth to life; and those who did evil will come forth to judgement.

By myself I can do nothing; I can judge only as I am told to judge, and my judging is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

 

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Today’s Gospel passage connects directly with yesterday’s reading, which narrates the healing of the paralytic by the pool of Bethesda. Jesus responds to those who criticized him for breaking the rest of the Sabbath because he performed this miracle. Moreover, they accused him of calling God his own father. This statement could not but cause a scandal. It was precisely this progeny, however, that constitutes the nucleus of the Gospel, of the good news, that was being communicated to the people. Jesus reconfirms this: "‘My Father is still working, and I also am working... For whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing... Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomsoever he wishes." With these words Jesus shows himself to be the Son of God who came amongst humanity to continue the Father’s work: creation. He came to conquer death and evil and to give life back to whomever lost it. Jesus continues on earth what his Father had done in heaven. Jesus’ work is the work of salvation, and that is why it goes beyond "Sabbath" rules. Jesus needs to hasten the coming of the eternal Sabbath when, as Paul writes, God will be all in all (1 Cor 15:28). All of his actions among men and women are aimed at giving eternal life, a life that even death cannot wipe away. Jesus adds solemnly: "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, thinking of all of those who are listening to him and who will hear this Gospel word in the future, he says: "Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life...[and] has passed from death to life." He does not say, "will have eternal life," but "has eternal life." Whoever welcomes the Gospel in his or her heart receives now the seed of immortality. In front of our weakness and our precariousness, these words are leaven for our entire existence and pull us out of the abyss of nothingness because they link us to the risen Lord. Whoever heard Jesus’ voice in this life, when the tombs open at the end of time, will hear it again and will recognize it, and will be welcomed into heaven.


04/06/2011
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