Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95; Dn 3; Jn 8:31-42

But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.
Jesus’ richly quilted quarrels and discourses in John’s Gospel make memorable patterns. And somehow the Jews in today's scripture never win; Jesus bests them every time, until they resort to brute force, of course, exactly as he predicted. Thus, we have today the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego singing un-burned in the fiery furnace, as they literally bring King Nebuchadnezzar to his knees. “I see four men walking in the fire, and the fourth looks like a Son of God.” Years later, some would call him Jesus! Inspired by the transformation in the fiery furnace, let’s burn this Lent down!
Blessed is your holy and glorious Name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages!

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