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Liturgical day: Tuesday 5th of Lent

Gospel text (Jn 8,21-30): Jesus said, «When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He». Jesus said to the Pharisees, «I am going away, and though you look for me, you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come». The Jews wondered, «Why does he say that we can't come where he is going? Will he kill him­self?». But Jesus said, «You are from below and I am from above; you are of this world and I am not of this world. That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. And you shall die in your sins unless you believe that I am He».

They asked him, «Who are you?»; and Jesus said, «Just what I have told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the One who sent me is truthful and everything I learned from him, I proclaim to the world». They didn't understand that Jesus was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, «When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing of my­self, but I say just what the Father taught me. He who sent me is with me and has not left me alone; because I always do what pleases him». As Jesus spoke like this, many believed in him.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today Jesus announces once again His death on the Cross. He does it in a deep manner: He will be there, "high" on the Cross, where we shall find out that "Jesus Is" (God). What does “I Am” mean? It is a very peculiar name! It is the very name of God. When Moses asked God what was His name, the response was: 'I Am'. Now Christ - from the Cross - applies to Himself the very name of God.

—«Unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins». Jesus does not condemn anyone, but who does not listen to Him remains lost in the dark.