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Gaudenzio Ferrari, Stories of life and passion of Christ, fresco, 1513, Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Varallo Sesia (VC), Italy.

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The Gospel reading for Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter is John 10:22-30. I’ve included the nine verses that follow this passage for my own meditation.


John 10:22-39

Feast of the Dedication.

22 The feast of the Dedication* was then taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter.

23 * And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon.

24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense?* If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

25 Jesus answered them, “I told you* and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me.

26 But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.

27 My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand.

29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,* and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.

30 * The Father and I are one.”

31 The Jews again picked up rocks to stone him.

32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?”

33 The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.”

34 * Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’?

35 If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and scripture cannot be set aside,

36 can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated* and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?

37 If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;

38 but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize [and understand] that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”

39 [Then] they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power.


And this is nifty — I was looking at different commentaries and homilies on this passage, and I found Biblia Clerus, which states: This program offers Sacred Scripture, its interpretation in light of Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the Magisterium, with appropriate theological commentary and exegesis. The downloadable version allows you to connect Sacred Scripture to the complete works of many Doctors of the Church, Councils, Encyclicals, teachings of the Popes, Catechisms, as well as commentaries from secular literature, etc., including commentaries from Doctors of the Church. What an amazing resource!  Here’s what St. Augustine wrote about John 10:22-42.

Annette Heidmann

I homeschooled four kids all the way through high school and then fostered/adopted 7 more children. I am wife to a very smart mathematician; I dabble in photography, write and sing, paint in bright colors, and love being Catholic!
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