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Our Lenten Journey

March 30

DISTURBING WORDS


But you do not want to come to me to have life.
John 5:40

We are accustomed to hearing Jesus speak words of encouragement and comfort. “Do not be afraid”; “I will be with you.” So today we may be shocked to hear his rebukes: “You do not have (God’s) word remaining in you”; “You do not want to come to me to have life”; “You do not have the love of God in you.” Granted, Jesus is speaking to his critics, so we are tempted to dismiss his words as not applying to us.

But, I know that I do not always allow God’s word to “remain” in me. I do read Scripture every day, but so often it stays at a superficial level. Also, do I really come to Jesus to “have life”? Sadly, I have to admit that I often turn to friends or forms of distracting entertainment when I want to “find life”. Finally, do I allow God’s love to truly abide in me? Sometimes.

And yet for all our imperfection, the wondrous mercy of God keeps breaking into our lives and assures us that we are still God’s beloved. So again, we embrace this Lenten season and pray for the grace of ongoing conversion.




Fr. Martin Pable, O.F.M. Cap

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