Daily Gospel Reflection for March 26, 2015

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Today’s Gospel: John 8:51-59

I AM.

Two simple words, and yet such profundity.

Gathered in front of the Jews and teaching them, Jesus assured these skeptics that whoever kept his word would “never see death.” The Jews couldn’t help but question such a bold statement. They asked Christ about Abraham and the prophets, assured in their knowledge that these holy men had indeed died.

Jesus’s answer did not satisfy them, so they continued with their accusations and prodding. In the end, Jesus simply replied with the enormity carried within those two words. Perhaps sensing their frustration, confusion, and distrust, he taught them that before Abraham even came to be, “I AM.”

I AM. Timeless, yet eternal. Loving, yet all powerful. Just as those Jews did in their time, I struggle to understand and make sense of God. And yet, God’s bountiful love for me is present every day in ways that are both bold and tiny. In the majesty of a sunrise or the tiny glimmer of a candle’s flame, in the power of the ocean or the marvel of a simple drop of rain, God was and is and will be.

I AM.

God IS.

Ponder:

As we journey through the Lenten season, how are you moving towards a fuller understanding of God’s omnipotence in your life?

Pray:

Lord God, who was and is and will be, strengthen me to find new life and infinite love in your embrace. Help me in my moments of doubt to know your love and to witness always to your glory.

We thank our friends at The Word Among Us for providing our gospel reflection team with copies of Abide In My Word 2015: Mass Readings at Your Fingertips. To pray the daily gospels with this wonderful resource, visit The Word Among Us.

Copyright 2015 Lisa Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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