Thursday After Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18)
Narrated by Mildred Gerner
Blasphemy or Gospel Truth
The Jews answered [Pilate], “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” John 19:7
Jesus had broken the commandment (Exodus 20:7), they said; he was guilty of blasphemy, of taking the name of God in vain. The gospel truth is that Jesus was on the way to the cross because he was the Son of God! His mission as Son of God was to be wounded for our transgressions so that we doomed sinners could be healed.
Because of our blasphemous, toxic sinfulness, we deserve the judgment of God. Because the Son of God was willingly wounded, we receive what we do not deserve—the healing grace of God. Thanks be to God!
REFLECT: How often do we abuse the name of God without even thinking about it? Sin is in our DNA.
PRAY: Heal me, Lord Jesus, so that my attitude and words may honor your holy name. Amen.
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