11 April, Thursday – I AM

11 April 2019

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Genesis 17:3-9

Abram bowed to the ground and God said this to him, ‘Here now is my covenant with you: you shall become the father of a multitude of nations. You shall no longer be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham, for I make you father of a multitude of nations. I will make you most fruitful. I will make you into nations, and your issue shall be kings. I will establish my Covenant between myself and you, and your descendants after you, generation after generation, a Covenant in perpetuity, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. I will give to you and to your descendants after you the land you are living in, the whole land of Canaan, to own in perpetuity, and I will be your God.’

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John 8:51-59

Jesus said to the Jews:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
whoever keeps my word
will never see death.’
The Jews said, ‘Now we know for certain that you are possessed. Abraham is dead, and the prophets are dead, and yet you say, “Whoever keeps my word will never know the taste of death.” Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? The prophets are dead too. Who are you claiming to be?’ Jesus answered:
‘If I were to seek my own glory
that would be no glory at all;
my glory is conferred by the Father,
by the one of whom you say, “He is our God”
although you do not know him.
But I know him,
and if I were to say: I do not know him,
I should be a liar, as you are liars yourselves.
But I do know him, and I faithfully keep his word.
Your father Abraham rejoiced
to think that he would see my Day;
he saw it and was glad.’
The Jews then said, ‘You are not fifty yet, and you have seen Abraham!’ Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
before Abraham ever was,
I Am.’
At this they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself and left the Temple.

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Before Abraham ever was, I Am

Two little words. Beyond understanding, beyond explanation, beyond comprehension. The only two words given by God himself, that could ever be used to completely encapsulate God Almighty. That can contain the essence of the eternal Godhead. No other words could suffice, just two little words — I AM.

I AM…Your Almighty Creator

I AM…one with the Father and the Spirit

I AM…Spirit that moved upon the earth before the beginning of time

I AM…Son of God and son of Mary

I AM…the one the Holy Prophets proclaimed through every age

I AM…strength and courage of the holy martyrs as they spilled their blood for love of me

I AM…human weakness, broken, despised and hung upon the Cross

I AM…beyond pain, beyond suffering, beyond sin

I AM…the Resurrection…beyond death

I AM…King of Kings before whom all other kings fall prostrate

I AM…your Redeemer, Your Healer, Your Savior

I AM…beyond your ability to contain in the limits of your human nothingness

I AM…in the wounded, the broken, the forsaken, the hopeless, the despairing

I AM…the glory and splendor of the holy Saints

I AM…the foundation of the Holy Catholic Church which no power on earth and in hell can overcome

I AM…the source and summit of mercy, present in word, in flesh and in blood in the Holy Eucharist

I AM…with you, in your darkest moments and in your greatest joys

I AM…your Shepherd, your friend, your brother.

I AM…your Almighty God and you are my people

I AM…yesterday, today and for all eternity, always thinking about you and loving you, my precious child.

 

(Today’s OXYGEN by Justus Teo)

Prayer: Father help us. Forgive our folly for all the times we have made you so small, so helpless, so weak and unable. Forgive us for all the times, we think too large of you, that you are too far away to be able and willing to be with us, to know our pain and to love us despite our imperfections.

Help us to see, by the light of your grace, all that you have always been, that you are and that you will always be Our father who loves us, your children…the great I AM.

Thanksgiving: Father, illuminate our hearts and minds to know that your love and care for us is infinite and incomprehensible. And in that, thank you for letting us come to realize why we can never be able to contain you in the limits of our human understanding.  Help us instead to simply be limitless in our gratitude to all that you are and have been for us.

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