Gospel of the day

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 5:17-30.

Jesus answered the Jews: "My Father is at work until now, so I am at work." For this reason the Jews tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God. Jesus answered and said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, a son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees his father doing; for what he does, his son will do also. For the Father loves his Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to his Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life. Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to his Son the possession of life in himself. And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation. I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me."

Reflection

Commentary Saint Augustine
We should like to explain to you how it is that two texts are equally true: that of Genesis, where it is written that God rested on the seventh day from all his works, and that of the Gospel, where the Lord, through whom all things are made, says: “My Father works until now and I work”... The observance of the Sabbath was laid down for the Jews to prefigure the spiritual rest promised by God to those of the faithful who would do good works – a rest whose mystery was confirmed by our Lord Jesus Christ in his burial. For it was on the Sabbath day that he rested in the tomb... when he had completed all his own work... One might suppose that God rested from having created all the various kinds of creatures because afterwards he did not create any further new species, except... that, even on the seventh day, he did not cease to govern heaven and earth and all the other beings he had created – if not, they would at once have fallen into nothingness. For the Creator's power, the Almighty's strength, is the cause through which all creatures subsist... Indeed, it is not the same with God as it is with an architect: when the house has been completed the latter goes away but... his work still stands. To the contrary, the world could not continue in being for even the blink of an eye if God were to withdraw his support... This is what the apostle Paul said when he came to preach God to the people of Athens: “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17,28)... Indeed, we are not in God as his substance, in the sense in which is is said that “he has life in himself”, but, since we are other than he is, we could not be in him unless because he acts in this way: “His Wisdom reaches mightily from end to end of the earth and governs the whole world well” (Wsd 8,1)... Now we see the works of goodness God has made (Gn 1,31), but when we have finished our good deeds then we shall see his rest .