For 21 March 2013, Thursday of 5th week of Lent, based on John 8:51-59
Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.â€ The Jews said to him, â€œNow we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, â€˜Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.â€™ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?â€ Jesus answered, â€œIf I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, â€˜He is our God,â€™ though you do not know him. But I know him; if I would say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his word. Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad.â€ Then the Jews said to him, â€œYou are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?â€ Jesus said to them, â€œVery truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.â€ So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.