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Today’s Gospel
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Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent (C)

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Gospel text (Jn 8:12-20): So they said to him, “Where is your father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” So the Pharisees said to him, “You testify on your own behalf, so your testimony cannot be verified.” Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I do testify on my own behalf, my testimony can be verified, because I know where I came from and where I am going. But you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by appearances, but I do not judge anyone. And even if I should judge, my judgment is valid, because I am not alone, but it is I and the Father who sent me. Even in your law it is written that the testimony of two men can be verified. I testify on my behalf and so does the Father who sent me.”

So they said to him, “Where is your father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while teaching in the treasury in the temple area. But no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today the discussion about Jesus Christ rises in tone. He began his preaching in Galilee announcing the arrival of the Kingdom of God. He preached with exceptional authority, attended to all, performed miracles ... Normal people recognized that Jesus came from God. Now, in Jerusalem, he openly declares that God is his Father and, in addition, identifies himself with the Father.

-Jesus is God, and God is a "family": Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That wonder is the one we discover listening to and accepting Jesus Christ.