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Believe by the works I do

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Why were they rejected? Because the truth can hurt, even the truth preached by Jesus.

"BELIEVE BY THE WORKS I DO"
 
Why were they rejected? Because the truth can hurt, even the truth preached by Jesus.  
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
As Holy Week draws near, opposition to Jesus' ministry intensifies. In the Gospel of John we read about this opposition. "If I do not perform my Father's works, do not believe me; 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."
 
One of the most amazing things in the life of Jesus is the fact that so many people rejected Him. The rejection that Jesus suffered was nothing new. Jeremiah in today's first reading, who did nothing but speak the truth in God's name, was likewise rejected. When he warned the people about the destruction of Jerusalem unless they repented, he was arrested, beaten, and put into prison. It is alarming that Jesus, as well as Jeremiah and other prophets in Israel, were rejected by so many people when they spoke the truth. Why were they rejected? Because the truth can hurt, even the truth preached by Jesus. The truth of Jesus demands change, it requires that we accept our suffering and self-denial, and that we abandon our selfishness to be generous in our love and service of others.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: Let us pray that we will never take the easy way out by rejecting Jesus and His truth. When we receive the Eucharist it is our pledge of salvation and our commission to spread the good news of the Gospel.
 
 
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