Wednesday 29 March 2023

Today is Wednesday the 29th of March, in the fifth week of Lent.

Come, my way, my truth, my life. As I enter this time of prayer today, I begin by inviting the Lord into my life. I acknowledge my need for God to show me the way, to teach me the truth, to give me life.

Come, my way, my truth, my life;
Such a way, as gives us breath.
Such a truth, as ends all strife
Such a life as killeth death.
Come, my light, my feast, my strength;
Such a light as shows a feast.
Such a feast as mends in length,
Such a strength as makes his guest,
Come, my joy, my love, my heart;
Such a joy as none can move.
Such a love as none can part,
Such a heart, as joys in love.

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.

John 8:31-38

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, “You will be made free”?’

Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there for ever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word. I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.’

A passage that speaks of ‘freedom’ and ‘truth’. What sense do you get from these words of Jesus? What is staying with you? Notice too if anything is niggling at you or causing you any discomfort… invite God into these places.

Once we are in Christ, we know that we have a place in us for Jesus’ word. Take a moment to imagine this place, this home for the word within you… what does it look like? What does it feel like to you?

Take note of the words and phrases of this passage…become especially aware of any giving you a lightness of heart; a sense of hope.

‘You are truly my disciples’.
‘The truth will make you free.’
‘You will be free indeed.’

Talk with Jesus now about anything that might be hindering you in experiencing this freedom today…

You have given all to me
To you, Lord, I return it
Everything is Yours
Do with it what you will
Give me only your love and your grace
That is enough for me.

Wednesday, 29 March
5th week of Lent
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