Tuesday of the Fifth Week

The mosaic of Christ Pantokrator at the Cathedral of Cefalu in Sicily. Christ carries a bok in one hand.

Daily Offering

Lord I offer you my blindness. May your light shine on my life and illuminate areas I don’t wish to see.          Chris Brolly SJ

Entering into prayer

A place for prayer: Recall a place where you feel at peace . . . imagine it if you can . . . or in some way get a sense of it . . . what do you notice about it . . . let the Holy Spirit be there with you . . . in the breeze or the air you breathe . . .

Today's Scripture (John 8:21-30)
Again he said to them, ‘I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.’ Then the Jews said,

‘Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, “Where I am going, you cannot come”?’ He said to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.’ They said to him, ‘Who are you?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.’ They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.’ As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

Food for thought

Jesus says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’. The Pharisees are delighted. They think he is going to die and between the dead and themselves they believe there is an unbridgeable chasm – they would love to have Jesus on the other side of it! Jesus tells the Pharisees they will die in their sin. That’s a warning, a bit like those that parents and teachers do it all the time saying, “Go on like that and you will wind up in big trouble”. Jesus wants to save the Pharisees too, to give them a chance.

Suggestions for Prayer

We have heard the song of the Good News and long to dance behind Jesus through the door to the Kingdom of God. We do not want to be left behind. Jesus came to heal the blind, the deaf, the lame. This may be a good moment to reflect on your possible need for healing and ask for it. Jesus’ authority comes from the Father.

‘What the Father has taught me is what I preach; he who has sent me is with me, and has not left me to myself, for I always do what pleases him’

The evangelist tells us that as he was saying this, many came to believe in Him.

Try to watch Jesus confronting the Pharisees and asserting the authority that comes from obedience to the will of the father. It’s not just the words he uses, it’s the way he stands and looks, the gestures he makes. If you find it hard to visualise it, maybe you can feel it. How badly do you want to follow him?

How are you going to respond today?

Read a psalm from the Bible, from the Missal or the Prayer of the Church. Sing praise in your heart of the love and forgiveness of God.

The mosaic of Christ Pantokrator at the Cathedral of Cefalu in Sicily. Christ carries a bok in one hand.

  • What do you see in this image? How does it make you feel?

  • Do you find this image of Jesus helpful?

  • How can we listen to Jesus better?

Examen (review of prayer)

Light a candle. Take a moment to let God look at you. Breathe in God’s love. With your hand on your heart ask Jesus to bring to your heart the moment today for which you feel most grateful.

Recall what was said and done in that moment. Enjoy the gratitude you feel again now. Breathe in its life. Ask Jesus to bring to your heart the moment today for which you feel least grateful. What was said and done in that moment? Let it be. Breathe in God’s love just as you are. Speak to God about what you have noticed. Give thanks to God for your day. Ask help for tomorrow.

Going Deeper

A reflection on gratitude

In the Lord I'll be ever thankful