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Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

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Gospel text (Jn 10:31-42): The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?” The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”‘? If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and Scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Then they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power.

He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained. Many came to him and said, “John performed no sign, but everything John said about this man was true.” And many there began to believe in him.

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»...