We pray + in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (5:33-36).
Jesus said to the Jews: “You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this that you may be saved. John 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.”
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Reflection: “This is the meaning of the Incarnation. God became tangible, in order to teach us to find him in all that we touch and see and feel, for we are necessarily bound to the senses in this life. Jesus did not do away with these external contacts; what he taught us is not to stop at them…We must endeavor, therefore, to cultivate this spiritual ‘second sight’. It is the secret of the saints, for whom this world is not an obstacle between their souls and God, but a living image, a resplendent mirror of his goodness and beauty. It is this great reality, so utterly beyond our conception, that the Incarnation made possible: that by loving and imitation Jesus incarnate, we love and imitate God self” (Dom Augustin Guillerand, a Carthusian Monk who died in 1945. His famous book is called The Prayer in the Presence of God.)
We pray: May your grace, almighty God, always go before us and follow after, so that we, who await with heartfelt desire the coming of your Only Begotten Son, may receive your help both now and in the life to come. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
+In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.