Gospel: Jn 8:21-30 “Jesus, the Father’s Ambassador“
April 9, 2019 | Tuesday
Jesus said to the Pharisees:
“I am going away and you will look for me,
but you will die in your sin.
Where I am going you cannot come.”
So the Jews said,
“He is not going to kill himself, is he,
because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?”
He said to them, “You belong to what is below,
I belong to what is above.
You belong to this world,
but I do not belong to this world.
That is why I told you that you will die in your sins.
For if you do not believe that I AM,
you will die in your sins.”
So they said to him, “Who are you?”
Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning.
I have much to say about you in condemnation.
But the one who sent me is true,
and what I heard from him I tell the world.”
They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father.
So Jesus said to them,
“When you lift up the Son of Man,
then you will realize that I AM,
and that I do nothing on my own,
but I say only what the Father taught me.
The one who sent me is with me.
He has not left me alone,
because I always do what is pleasing to him.”
Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.
They didn’t understand that Jesus was speaking to them about the Father. Sometimes, we also do not understand Jesus, his person, his words, his teachings. We are in fair company after all, for even the disciples, his apostles also didn’t understand Jesus sometimes. They sometimes failed to grasp what he is trying to say to them especially when it’s about something as deep as his relationship with his Father. But as Jesus spoke like this, many believed in him. Despite not being able to fully understand Jesus, many people still believe in him. Is that normal for any believer? Yes, it is. In Christianity, we grapple with an infinite God who revealed himself to us through the person of Jesus. We sometimes do not understand but it is a gift of God for us to remain believers in him whom Jesus calls his Father.