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 forever. 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."
Today is Wednesday the 10 April in the fifth week of Lent.
Moira Smiley sings, ‘I have hoped’, a setting of Psalm 71 by Steven Faux. Can you make these your own words today?
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.
The people listening to Jesus are struggling to hear the good news he is trying to convey to them, they are falling back on tried and tested ways of identifying themselves. As you come before God today, take a moment to consider how God is looking at you, how God regards you.
What is your sense of how God sees you? How does that make you feel?
What might God be telling you about yourself? What truth are you hearing from God that can make you free?
As you listen to the reading again notice the words that stay with you and take time to let them sink more deeply into your heart.
Speak to God now, have a conversation with God now about whatever is in your heart or mind … about how God regards you .. about your response to God’s gaze … about the truth that you are hearing. In this conversation, you may find yourself speaking or listening or simply remaining silent with God.