April 8, 2022

“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 [I do]”….

As we approach Holy Week, the readings focus on betrayal and suffering. Today’s gospel opens by telling us that several Jews were picking up stones to kill Jesus. When Jesus asked which of his works they wanted to stone him for, they said that it was for blasphemy because he claimed to be the son of God. They had closed their minds and hearts to Jesus, and clearly, they were not open to changing them.

Perhaps the real issue is that they could see that Jesus’ popularity with the people continued to grow. They were frightened of Jesus and his influence. The number of people who gathered to listen to him increased every day. His works and preaching were winning them over, while the so-called leaders were steadily losing influence.

Perhaps the question for us at the end of Lent is somewhat similar: do we truly trust Jesus? Do we believe that God only wants only good things for us? Do we truly trust that God is with us at each step of our journey? The scripture readings face us with Jesus’ teaching and his works at every Mass. The Eucharistic Prayer invites us to deepen our belief in the depth of Jesus’ love for us. We will never be able to do this unless we believe that he comes from God. And that everything he did in his lifetime was done for love of his Father and of all his brothers and sisters.

Let Us Pray:

O loving Lord, help me to trust in your love for me. And help me also to love others as you have loved me.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.