Daily Reflection for Friday, April 03, 2020
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13
Responsorial: Psalm 18:2-3A, 3BC-4, 5-6,7
Gospel: John 10:31-42
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
“…believe the works…” John 10:38A
In the Gospel today, Jesus has just told the Jews, “The Father and I are one.” (verse 30). Their response was to attempt to stone him. Jesus said, “If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” All that Jesus said and did, his “works,” revealed this relationship with the Father to others.
When we are in the workplace, or buying groceries or just hanging out with family and friends how do our “works” communicate our relationship with Jesus? Do our actions show us trying to keep Jesus at the center of our life? When asked what we did this weekend, will we share that we went to Mass and spent the day with family? Do we exhibit ethical actions at work? When in conversation with friends, family or acquaintances, does our response indicate that we respect the human dignity of the other and the common good? Do we reach out to others with genuine interest in them? Our actions, our “works,” should make people wonder about the love we have for and share with others.
Today Jesus is showing me how to evangelize by word and deed. His cue to me today is to start with my “works” and to remind me that my relationship with Jesus is communicated through my “works.” Like most, my “works” do not always point to Jesus. That’s ok, He’s not asking for perfection, but for me to reach out to Him for help. The Holy Spirit always provides help in ways beyond my comprehension. Then, when someone sees and asks me about my “works,” I can share the source, Jesus.
“Even if you do not believe me, believe the works….”
Blessings for the journey!