Gn 17:3-9; Ps 105; Jn 8:51-59

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.
In John’s Gospel, Jesus usually takes the long view, as opposed to the shortsightedness of his opponents. Thus, he goes back to the prophets, he goes back to Moses, he goes back to Abraham, he goes back to the Creation — for all of which he claims he was an eyewitness! That long view is what we need for Lent. To paraphrase Martin Luther King Jr., the arc of history is long, but it bends toward our salvation. The pot of gold — Holy Week — is just within reach. So, it’s to be expected that Jesus would bend grammar, too, to his purposes: “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” That’s the way Lent rolls!
Remember your covenant, O Lord, which you made binding for a thousand generations!

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