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March 22, 2012 is the Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent. The reading is from Gospel of John 5:31-47

“If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony cannot be verified.

But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.

You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.

I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved.

He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.

But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.

Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form, and you do not have his word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.

You search the scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf.

But you do not want to come to me to have life.

“I do not accept human praise; moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you

I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.

How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?

Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father: the one who will accuse you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope.

For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me.

But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?

For the third consecutive day the gospel reading still lingers on John 5. Today we read the third and final portion of chapter 5. Today’s reading John 5:31-47 is a continuation from yesterday’s (John 5:17-30).

Jesus tells the gathering, “But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.” (John 5:32) Here Jesus tells the them that they have heard the testimony of John the Baptist about him.

But the word “Another” can be the Father too, who in four different ways gives testimony to Jesus, as indicated in the following verse groupings John 5:33–34, 36, 37–38, 39–40.

In John 5:35, Jesus says, “He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.” Here Jesus uses the word “Lamp” to mean the temporary and subordinate nature of the mission of John the Baptist.

Jesus tells his audience that the Scriptures themselves testify about him; but when he came, in the name of his Father, they do not accept him, yet if another comes in his own name, they will accept him.

Finally, he scoffs at them, “March 22, 2012 is the Thursday of thMarch 22, 2012 is the Thursday of thut me.” (John 5:46-47)

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