May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031816.cfm

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.

It seems no matter what Jesus did, He was accused and criticized. Do you ever feel like that? Like no matter what you do you are wrong? Do you think He ever felt like that? It is hard when you stand up for what is right. People will criticize you and tell you that you are wrong. Stand strong, anyway and remember that they criticized Him too.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I always try to stand firm in your truth. Help me to hold my ground and remember that they criticized you also. In Jesus’ holy name, I offer you praise and glory, Amen.

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

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