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<< Friday, March 21, 1997 >>
 
Jeremiah 20:10-13
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Psalm 18 John 10:31-42
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TAKING SIDES

 
"Then He went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier." —John 10:40
 

On one side of the Jordan, the people "again reached for rocks to stone Him" (Jn 10:31). They accused Jesus of blaspheming (Jn 10:33). "They again tried to arrest Him" (Jn 10:39).

On the other side of the Jordan, "many people came to" Jesus (Jn 10:41) and "came to believe in Him" (Jn 10:42).

Because God isn't One to "take sides," why did the people reject Jesus on one side of the Jordan and accept Him on the other? The answer is: that side where people believed in Jesus was the side where John the Baptizer had been baptizing (Jn 10:40). John's baptism was a baptism of repentance (Lk 3:3). So where there was repentance, there was faith; but where there were only the great works of Jesus, there was no faith (see Jn 10:37-38, 41).

If you want to be on the right side of the Jordan, repent and confess your sins; then you will believe in Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). "Repent and believe in the gospel" (Mk 1:15, our transl.). "I tell you, there will likewise be more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner" (Lk 15:7). Repent or reject Jesus. Repent or crucify Jesus (Heb 6:6). Repent!

 
Prayer: Father, this Lent may I make one of the best Confessions of my life. May my Holy Week be truly holy.
Promise: "The Lord is with me, like a mighty Champion." —Jer 20:11
Praise: Fr. Edmund was pleasantly surprised by the long Confession lines at his new parish.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 1, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 6, 1996
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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