March 26 – Thursday of the 5th Week in Lent

Genesis 17:3-9 ●  John 8:51-59

Never look death in the face

Jesus said, “I’m not crazy. I simply honor my Father, while you dishonor me. I am not trying to get anything for myself. God intends something gloriously grand here and is making the decisions that will bring it about. I say this with absolute confidence. If you practice what I’m telling you, you’ll never have to look death in the face.”
At this point the Jews said, “Now we know  you’re crazy. Abraham died. The prophets died. And you show up saying, ‘If you practice what I’m telling you, you’ll never have to face death, not even a taste.’”
Jesus said, “If I turned the spotlight on myself, it wouldn’t amount to anything. But my Father, the same One you say is your Father, put me here at this time and place of splendor.”

John 8:49-52,54

REFLECTION


Sometimes we can be labelled as crazy for following Jesus’ gospel of love. But what if it is really the culture of individualism, over-consumption, militarism, and economic inequality that is crazy instead? If our savior was accused of being crazy for opposing the cultural and societal norms of his time, isn’t it telling if we get labelled as crazy with him? If we honor the
Father, love our neighbors (near and far), and trust that physical death isn’t the ultimate end, then we are in Jesus’ good company, even if others think we are crazy.

ACTION


Consider today how you might surround yourself more with people who are counter-cultural in their efforts to follow a “crazy” Jesus.

Reprinted with permission. For more information about this booklet and Bible translation, please see TheMessageCatholic.com.

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