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Liturgical day: Friday 5th of Lent

Gospel text (Jn 10,31-42): The Jews then picked up stones to throw at him; so Jesus said, «I have openly done many good works among you which the Father gave me to do. For which of these do you stone me?». The Jews then picked up stones to throw at him; so Jesus said, «I have openly done many good works among you which the Father gave me to do. For which of these do you stone me?». The Jews answered, «We are not stoning you for doing a good work but for insulting God; you are only a man and you make yourself God». Then Jesus replied, «Is this not written in your Law: I said: you are gods? So those who received this word of God were called gods and the Scripture is always true. Then what should be said of the one anointed and sent into the world by the Father? Am I insulting God when I say: ‘I am the Son of God’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not believe me. But if I do them, even if you have no faith in me, believe because of the works I do, and know that the Father is in me and I in the Father». Again they tried to arrest him, but Jesus escaped from their hands. He went away again to the other side of the Jordan, to the place where John had baptized, and there he stayed. Many people came to him and said, «John showed no miraculous signs, but he spoke of this man and everything he said was true». And many became believers in that place.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we are already "closing in" on the Holy Week. Today they want to stone Jesus; and within a few days they will take Him to the Cross. The mystery of the Incarnation is at the basis of the accusation: «You, being a mere man, claim to be God». Christ is man and God. In fact, his detractors were moved by envy.

— But normal people reacted in a different way: «they were saying: 'While John performed no sign, yet everything John said about this man was true'» And in that place many believed in Jesus»...