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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Reflection 2021-03-18 Thursday Week 4 in Lent

Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 106; John 5:18,31-47
Jesus said in the Gospel today: You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. Jesus gives us the secret to life: coming to him! Life is not found in various ideas or practices. It is found in Jesus Christ. Jesus concludes: if you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say? Disobedience to Moses is disobedience to Jesus. This proves Jesus did not come to give a new Law, but to fulfill it. The First Reading is a sobering narration of how quickly Israel forgot about what God did for them. After all God did for them, led them out of Egypt, led them through the Red Sea, led them through the desert, and when Moses disappeared from them, they forgot about God and made their own god.
This is what Jesus talks about. We search for God but on our own terms. We want God to do what we want. We want God to conform to our ideas of him. We want God to follow our commands. This is why the Pharisees could not follow Jesus and this is why Israel could not follow the Law. They want to worship God on their own terms.
Jesus said Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses on whom you have set your hope. When we sin against God, Jesus will not judge us. Whatever we set our hope will judge us. When we sin, the consequence is the judgment. In the case of the Pharisees who rejected Jesus, their rejection is the judgment. They will not possess life, not because Jesus is punishing them, but because they themselves did not want it.
Rejecting God has its consequences and God allows the consequences to happen to lead us to repentance. But if despite these, there is no repentance, then the only result is separation fro God, that is death.
Lord, help me to believe in you, to seek your glory and not mine. Let me come to you. Let me believe in you and let me trust you. I repent of my sins, help me Lord.

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