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Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus asserts his pre-existence by declaring that “before Abraham came to be, I AM.”

There has been a disturbing tendency in recent years to turn Jesus into an inspiring spiritual teacher. If that’s all he is, the heck with him. But the Gospels are never content with such a reductive description. Though they present him as a teacher, they know that he is infinitely more than that, that something else is at stake in him and our relation to him.

Scripture clearly teaches that Jesus is divine. He once declared, “Have faith in God; have faith also in me.” We can easily imagine other religious founders urging faith in God, but we’d be hard-pressed to imagine them urging the same faith in themselves! But on Jesus’ lips, the two are parallel.

As C.S. Lewis so vividly saw, this means that Jesus compels us to make a choice the way no other figure does. Either you are with Jesus or you are against him. There is no other way to take in this language. To get this wonderful paradox is to come close to the heart of what it means to be a Christian.

Gospel Reflections

Meditate on Daily Gospel Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron

5th week of Lent

Thursday

March 30

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Wednesday

March 29

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Tuesday

March 28

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Monday

March 27

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Sunday

March 26

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4th week of Lent

Saturday

March 25

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Annunciation

Friday

March 24

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Thursday

March 23

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Wednesday

March 22

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Tuesday

March 21

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Monday

March 20

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St. Joseph

Sunday

March 19

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3rd week of Lent

Saturday

March 18

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Friday

March 17

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Thursday

March 16

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Wednesday

March 15

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Tuesday

March 14

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Monday

March 13

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Sunday

March 12

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2nd week of Lent

Saturday

March 11

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Friday

March 10

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Thursday

March 9

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Wednesday

March 8

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Tuesday

March 7

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Monday

March 6

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Sunday

March 5

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1st week of Lent

Saturday

March 4

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Friday

March 3

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Thursday

March 2

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Wednesday

March 1

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Tuesday

February 28

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Monday

February 27

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Sunday

February 26

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Week of Ash Wednesday

Saturday

February 25

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Friday

February 24

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Thursday

February 23

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Wednesday

February 22

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Ash Wednesday

Tuesday

February 21

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Monday

February 20

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Sunday

February 19

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6th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

February 18

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Friday

February 17

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Thursday

February 16

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Wednesday

February 15

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Tuesday

February 14

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Monday

February 13

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Sunday

February 12

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5th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

February 11

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