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Liturgical day: Thursday 4th of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 13,16-20): After Jesus had washed the feet of the disciples He said «Truly, I say to you (…): the Scripture has to be fulfilled that says, ‘The one who shared my table has risen against me’ I tell you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen, you may know that I am He (…)».

"I am": The divine science in Christ

Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench
(Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)

Today, we are submerged in the intimate ambiance of the Last Supper. Fully aware of the trial he is going to face soon, Christ strengthens the Apostles and, once more, He offers them evidence of His divinity. He presents Himself to them as the "I am", with divine knowledge: He predicts "Judas’ betrayal" before it happens.

He is man! From nobody else it has been written so much, in ancient times. We know His name, where and when He was born; we know His facts and words. He suffered till death (pierced by a spear, his death was certified without any palliatives). And He is God! Only God can say "I am" (He had already used this” proper name” with Moses). God "is", with no need of qualifying terms, because His infinitude does not admit any limit. Jesus sees all time as one “eternal present”. His divine and human knowledge fully cooperate without confusion. A mystery not impossible for the infinite Being, powerful to incorporate the human nature created in His image.

—Jesus: because you are God, your Spirit knew beforehand that it would suffer very much. I love you!