Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.”

John 8 51-59

In Bishop Barron’s reflection on the gospel today, he stresses the importance of recognizing that Jesus is not only a gifted teacher but God himself. We must recognize he is human and divine. He is God with us. Trying to wrap our minds around this truth — that God put on our flesh to be with us — to show us how to live as well as how to be sacrificed for our shortcomings is very difficult to understand. But like any relationship, we only begin to appreciate the nuances and uniqueness of a person as we get to know them more deeply. So fully appreciating that Jesus is divine requires that we spend time with Him.

For me one of the hidden gifts of this change of pace stemming from this virus is taking time to look more deeply into the scriptures, to reflect, and share them with you. I’ve had so much positive feedback about these reflections and I would urge each of you to take a little additional time study the Scriptures of the day, read some commentaries, and listen to how He is speaking directly to you and thus be drawn deeper into the mystery of God.

May the love, protection and divine guidance of God be with you today and always. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.