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Liturgical day: Thursday 5th of Lent

Gospel text (Jn 8,51-59): The Jews then said to him, «You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?». And Jesus said «Truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.». Jesus said to the Jews, «Truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never experience death». The Jews replied, «Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died and the prophets as well, but you say: ‘Whoever keeps my word will never experience death’. Who do you claim to be? Do you claim to be greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets also died». Then Jesus said, «If I were to praise myself, it would count for nothing. But he who gives glory to me is the Father, the very one you claim as your God, although you don't know him. I know him and if I were to say that I don't know him, I would be a liar like you. But I know him and I keep his word. As for Abraham, your ancestor, he looked forward to the day when I would come; and he rejoiced when he saw it». The Jews then said to him, «You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?». And Jesus said «Truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.». They then picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and left the Temple.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today Jesus Christ uses once again His more "divine": name: "I am". By applying Himself this name He declares that He is God and introduces us to the mystery of the Holy Trinity. It was an innovation! Humankind, after the original sin, easily fell into the acceptance of many gods ("polytheism"); Israel - guided by God - believed in only one God ("monotheism"). Jesus, the "I Am", speaks of three Persons in the same God.

—They are not three gods, but one only God who, being Love, is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.