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Lenten reflection, day 30

In today’s Gospel, Jesus accuses the people of not believing in him. He said to them, “You do not believe in Moses. If you had believed in Moses, you would have believed in me because Moses wrote about me.”

Jesus spoke very frankly to the people. Many of them did accept him. Others were just curious about him and astounded by his miracles. But when push came to shove, they abandoned him.

What about us? Is our love of Jesus sincere? Do we bear witness to him? Are we honest with him? Do we try to do what he asks us to?

What about a little extra devotion to Jesus, now that we’re deeply into Lent: a little more meditation on his suffering and death, a deeper realization of what he has done for us to bring about our salvation, a recognition of the strong personal love he has for each one of us?

We all have someone who loves us, and we realize how good that makes us feel. We know that the person who loves us appreciates our love in return. In the same way, I am sure Jesus appreciates and accepts our love.

During these last days of Lent, let us make an effort to concentrate on the love Jesus has for each of us and the fact that he is our loving and divine Savior—our true friend!

Father Eugene Grohe, C.Ss.R.
Esopus, N.Y.

Scripture readings for today: Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 106; John 5:31-47