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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/040417.cfm

Jesus said to the Pharisees: “I am going away and you will look for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “He is not going to kill himself, is he, because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above. You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world. That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you in condemnation. But the one who sent me is true, and what I heard from him I tell the world.” They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father. So Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me. The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him.” Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.

When we refuse to be open to what we hear, we can deny the truth of any situation. The Pharisees continued to deny the truth of what Jesus said, they were afraid of losing their position, lifestyle and possessions if they allowed themselves to believe. But many did believe and became His followers. Are you a Pharisee or a follower?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I chose many years ago to become a follower and not a Pharisee. Thank you so much for all the graces you have bestowed on me and the life of joy you have given to me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.

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