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St. John Baptist de la Salle

Genesis 17:3-9
Psalm 105:4-9
John 8:51-59

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i am who am and who i am

“Whom do You make Yourself out to be?” —John 8:53

Lent is an opportunity to discover who we are in Christ.  As a result of this Lent, we should be able to answer the question, “Who am I?” First, we must meet I AM WHO AM before we know who we are. That’s how Abraham knew he was to be the father of many nations (Gn 17:5). He first met Yahweh, the great I AM (Gn 15:7). Likewise, Moses realized his identity after meeting I AM in the burning bush (Ex 3:14).

Jesus said, “You will surely die in your sins unless you come to believe that I AM” (Jn 8:24). “When you lift up the Son of Man, you will come to realize that I AM” (Jn 8:28). “I solemnly declare it: before Abraham came to be, I AM” (Jn 8:58).

We can either bow down before the Lord in worship, forget about ourselves, and paradoxically find ourselves; or we can focus on ourselves and lose ourselves (Lk 9:24). Who we are is always found in I AM WHO AM.

Prayer:  Lord, may I fall on my knees at this moment to worship You, the great I AM.

Promise:  “I solemnly assure you, if a man is true to My word he shall never see death.” —Jn 8:51

Praise:  St. John Baptist de la Salle founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The institute focused on educating the poor and today it has a worldwide reach. In 1950, Pope Pius XII named St. John patron of schoolteachers for his efforts in upgrading school instruction.

Reference:  (For more teachings by the great I AM, read the Bible daily. For encouragement, listen to, download or order Ignorance of Scriptures is Ignorance of Christ, on CD 82-1 or DVD 82, or How to Pray the Bible, on CD 82-3 or DVD 82 on our website.)

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