John 8:51–59


At the dinner table now and then, one of my Dominican brothers will say something truly shocking. I don’t mean offensive. I mean something jaw-dropping, the kind of remark that brings a conversation to a dead stop because it’s so bewildering and insightful. “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel. It must have had a startling effect. It’s the kind of thing that sounds too good to be true — unrealistic, even insane. The crowds listening even thought Jesus was possessed (see Jn 8:52). But Jesus speaks the truth. As we continue our Lenten journey, we await the most extraordinary proof that he gives life: his resurrection from the dead.


Lord Jesus, I believe in you, your goodness, and your promises. Come to my aid at the hour of my death so I might never be parted from you. Amen.


To prepare for Holy Week, commit yourself again to Jesus by going to confession. Be confident that he is merciful no matter how long it’s been. After all, he is the one who gives life and light!

We look forward to praying with you again tomorrow.