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By Elaine Clark

Friday April 12, 2019

Readings for this week

Once again this week’s Gospel reading reminds us of the growing danger Jesus faces.   The Jews who are about to stone Jesus tell Him that they are not going to commit this terrible act of violence against him because of the good works He has done but rather because they feel He has committed, “. . . blasphemy”.  The crowd is about to murder Jesus because he has “blasphemed” which means that they believe He has spoken in a disrespectful or sacrilegious way about God. Jesus counters their argument asking them to examine the works that He has done in His Father’s name, “‘. . . so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father’”.

I am very certain that in the course of my almost 56 years, I have heard or read this Gospel countless times and yet today as I write this I am struck by the wisdom and clarity of Jesus’ reply to those who would murder him.  He simply tells them to examine the reality of His preaching and of the miracles He has performed and to believe.  I feel as if this day, Christ is calling to me to look and see God’s work both in my life and in the world around me and to believe.