FOURTH WEEK OF LENT
Friday, March 31
John Bilenki
Class of 2017

For The Glory of His Name

 

“And look, He is speaking openly, and they say nothing to Him.
Could the authorities have realized that He is the Messiah?” - John 7:26

 

In the first reading from the book of Wisdom, the wicked say of the Son of God, “[He] boasts that God is His Father. If the righteous One is the Son of God, God will help Him and deliver Him from the hand of His foe. Let us put Him to the test that we may have proof of His gentleness and try His patience” (Wis 2:16, 18-19). Christ’s perseverance in His passion and death, which we are quickly approaching in this Lenten season, is a response to this taunt from the wicked. He says to some skeptical inhabitants of Jerusalem in the Gospel today, “You know Me, and I also know where I am from. I did not come on My own, but the One who sent me, whom you do not know, is true” (John 7:28).  Jesus models for us the great grace of humility and simplicity of spirit that flow from His relationship with God the Father; this relationship allows Him to admit that “I know Myself to be nothing more than a Son of God, and My life is lived for the glory of His name.” Christ’s faithfulness and perseverance in carrying His cross model for us that God will be faithful to us whenever we undergo trials or sufferings.

 

Have you been faithful to God? Go before Him in prayer today remembering that you are His child. You are beloved in His sight. Beg His mercy for your shortcomings, but also, ask (seriously, ask!) for the grace of humility and simplicity of spirit that you, too, might say with Christ: “I know myself to be nothing more than a child of God, and my life is lived for the glory of His name.” Continue to bear your cross along as Jesus did on the journey to Calvary, for “[u]nless there is a Good Friday in your life there can be no Easter Sunday” (Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen). He loves you. Amen.

 

Wis 2: 1a, 12-22   Ps 34: 17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23   Jn 7: 1-2, 10, 25-30