Gospel 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 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.
Finger Painting: I painted this image in just a couple of minutes or less. My entire being knows this image. I don’t need to have anyone tell me that it should look a certain way. For the transformation of dying and rising happens within our souls over and over again. We all know this image within our hearts but we also spend our lives not wanting to accept it. We fear death and the process that comes with dying to ourselves and living in Christ. The entire purpose of Lent is to pattern our lives in the dying and rising of Christ. This is not only our true identity, it is essential in discovering the love God has for us in our human frailty. I desire to know Him not only in my heart and through my fingers covered in paint, but to find his everlasting grace and tenderness for the souls of world and for my own.