Monday, March 14, 2016
15 March 2016
15 March 2016
Tuesday, 5th Week of Lent
Nm 21:4 – 9 / Jn 8:21– 30
Gospel Reading: Jn 8: 21 – 30
Again Jesus said to them, "I am going away, and though you look for me, you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come." The Jews wondered, "Why does he say that we can't come where he is going? Will he kill himself?"
But Jesus said, "You are from below and I am from above; you are of this world and I am not of this world. That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. And you shall die in your sins unless you believe that I am He."
They asked him, "Who are you?" and Jesus said, "Just what I have told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the One who sent me is truthful and everything I learned from him, I proclaim to the world."
They didn't understand that Jesus was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing of myself, but I say just what the Father taught me. He who sent me is with me and has not left me alone; because I always do what pleases him."
As Jesus spoke like this, many believed in him.
There is some difficulty for people when it comes to understanding one another. The message tends to get a bit skewed due to personal biases or interpretations. What's shared doesn't necessarily mean that it gets understood.
Jesus probably had those same challenges when he told the Jews that he was going away and they couldn't follow. They were assuming among themselves that he was going to kill himself because they wouldn't be able to end up where he was going. Little did they realize that he was talking about another plane of existence.
The preaching of Jesus challenged those who heard him that he was speaking with authority from the Father. They would probably comprehend later on when he was to be lifted up on the cross because that would be the supreme sign of his faithfulness that comes from the Father's unending mercy.. Thankfully, even if others found it difficult to believe, many of those who listened were filled with the grace to find their faith in him.
May we continue to ask God the Father to guide us in truly knowing His Son. As Jesus strives to remain faithful to what his Father wishes, let us pray to be that consistent, persistent, and filled with zeal to serve Our Lord. At first, it can be quite a chore to really get into the mindset of Christ, but the grace of divine revelation is only a prayer away.
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