April 9, 2019

Jn 8: 21-30

Again he said to them, “I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” Then the Jews said, “Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.”

They said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father.

So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.” As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Recognizing Jesus

Our Gospel for today shows, once again, a people that does not understand what Jesus is saying to them. The Pharisees, just like us, often cannot see beyond their own pride and sinfulness when faced with the truth of who Jesus is. Lent is a time when we open our hearts and our minds and let the light of Christ burn away anything that might keep us from truly seeing the love of God present in our lives.

Jesus tells us quite clearly today that he does nothing on his own, but only what the Father taught him. Perhaps during the last couple weeks of Lent we might ask ourselves what is it that Jesus, through Our Father, is teaching us. How can we lift up the Son of man so as to recognize that he is I AM.

—Jonathan Harmon, SJ, is a transitional deacon of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province. He is currently in theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.

Prayer

Prayer for Generosity

Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will. Amen.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola

Troy Bengford