Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent
I will foster a more spiritual way of seeing myself, others and the world.
Lord, you are life
and truth and goodness. You are also peace and mercy. How grateful I am to have this moment to turn
to you. Without you I can do nothing good. In fact, when I do good, it is you working through me,
despite my failings. Thank you, Lord. Here I am ready to love you more.
May I hear your voice, Lord, and not harden my heart to that
which you ask of me today.
1. The Real Enemy:
Today we find Jesus in animated
conversation with the Jews. They seem to discuss the same topic – death — but in fact they refer to
two very different understandings of one reality. The Jews speak of death in a material way, whereas
Jesus speaks of it in a spiritual way, with his description of death of far greater consequence than
the former. Christ warns us about the gravity of spiritual death, which is the consequence of
serious sin. This is why the Church traditionally prays, in the Litany of the Saints, to be freed
from mors perpetua (everlasting death), the spiritual death which Jesus warned against. Lent is the
time to eradicate all forms of this evil from our lives, especially through the positive practices
of prayer, penance and almsgiving.
2. Only the Spirit Gives Life:
interlocutors are never able to penetrate the meaning of his words because they think in a purely
material way. Only with a spirit of faith and the aid of the Holy Spirit can we understand the
things of God. Today's world is rife with what we could call a spirit of materialism. It looks to
material things and values as the solution to everything. But have you noticed how it seems that the
more our material wealth and technical capacity grow, the emptier we become on the inside, and the
more hollow our western culture becomes? Material things are necessary, for we are part matter. But
a purely material explanation will never be able to address the deeper needs of the human person. As
Christ said: "Only the Spirit gives life" (John 6:63).We must strive to adopt a spiritual or
supernatural way of living and see ourselves and our world from this point of view, so as not to
become blind to a truth that transcends matter.
3. Open to a Challenge:
Jesus challenge to raise the eyes of the heart and soul to a spiritual level is met with fierce
opposition. In fact, his listeners want to stone him! Christ always challenges us to go higher. And
he does this as a manifestation of his love. How do I respond to this challenge in my own life?
Conversation with Christ:
You have spoken, Lord,
silence of my night
and your word has engraved your will in my heart.
there is a will in you that I know:
It is the will of your
I want to fulfill that will, Lord.
I want to believe according to your
To hope according to your promises.
To love and live according to your
guidance and laws.
I will foster a more spiritual way of seeing
myself, others and the world.