A Reading for today
Wednesday of the Fifth week of Lent
Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, 'You will become free'?"
Jesus answered them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.
A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son always remains.
So if a son frees you, then you will truly be free.
I know that you are descendants of Abraham. But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you.
I tell you what I have seen in the Father's presence; then do what you have heard from the Father."
They answered and said to him, "Our father is Abraham." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works of Abraham.
But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God; Abraham did not do this.
You are doing the works of your father!" (So) they said to him, "We are not illegitimate. We have one Father, God."
Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me.
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Conquerors of the world through the word
Blessed Columba Marmion (1858-1923), Abbot
Our faith, the victory over the world (Christ, the Ideal of the Monk, rev.)
By faith we adhere to Christ and the edifice of our spiritual life becomes thereby firm and stable. Christ makes us share in the stability of the divine rock against which even hell's fury cannot prevail (Mt 16:18).
Thus divinely sustained, we are conquerors over the assaults and temptations of the world and of the devil, the prince of this world (1 Jn 5:4). The devil, and the world which the devil uses as an accomplice, offer violence to us or solicit us; by faith in the word of Jesus we come out victorious from these attacks. (…)Now, the devil is "the father of lies and the prince of darkness" (cf. Eph 6:12) while God is " the Truth" and "in Him is no darkness" (cf. Jn 14:6; 1 Jn 1:5). If we always listen to God, we shall always be victorious. When our Lord, who is our model in all things, was tempted, he repulsed temptation by placing the authority of God's Word in opposition to each solicitation of the Evil One. We ought to do the same and repulse hell's attacks by faith in Jesus's word. (…)
What is true of the devil is true of the world: it is by faith that we overcome it. When people have a living faith in Christ, they fear neither difficulties nor opposition, nor the world's judgments because they know that Christ abides in us by faith and because they rely on Him.