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Sunday's gospel
Sunday of the renewal of the Church

John 10:22-42
The Unbelief of the Jews
22    Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, Copyright Image
23    and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon's Colonnade.
24    The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."
25    Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me,
26    but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
27    My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
28    I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.
29    My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand.
30    I and the Father are one."
31    Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him,
32    but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?"
33    "We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."
34    Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are gods'?
35    If he called them 'gods,' to whom the word of God came and the Scripture cannot be broken
36    What about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son'?
37    Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does.
38    But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."
39    Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.
40    Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here he stayed
41    And many people came to him. They said, "Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true."
42    And in that place many believed in Jesus.


Meditation

As believers, we are asked to renew our faith in Jesus Christ, “Son of the living God”, the Lord long waited by prophets and sent by God in order to make change and renewal. We are invited to renew our faith in the grace of the Holy Spirit as the first apostles and as the Church since her foundation.
The conversion of St Paul should be the ideal for our Christian renewal. When Jesus appeared to him in a shining light on the road of Damascus, he changed his mentality, his heart as well as his life. If we want to be Christians, we have to meet also Christ, not necessarily as St Paul, but through the Writings, the individual and collective prayer, through our words, our good works which emanate from the illuminated heart as well as through our faith in the Church for the presence of Jesus in her is effective and real. Therefore, we have to respect the sacrament of Eucharist and attend the mass each Sunday, day of the Lord, where is renewed the sacrifice of the cross, mysteriously and is offered to us so we can repent and renounce to sin, thus, we can reach eternal life and divine goods.
Let us renew our faith as St Charbel used to do daily through his spiritual engagement as a Christian, a monk and a priest. He took Christ as his treasure and sole love. He loved Him passionately and from the bottom of his heart. Let us be like him, amen