March 15, 2013

The Gospel Today

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Jn 7: 1-2, 10, 25-30

Jesus moved about within Galilee;
he did not wish to travel in Judea,
because the Jews were trying to kill him.
But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.

But when his brothers had gone up to the feast,
he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.

Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said,
“Is he not the one they are trying to kill?
And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him.
Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ?
But we know where he is from.
When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”
So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said,
“You know me and also know where I am from.
Yet I did not come on my own,
but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.
I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”
So they tried to arrest him,
but no one laid a hand upon him,
because his hour had not yet come.

Reflection (Sem. Eldrick S. Peña)

“…I know Him, because I am from Him, and he sent Me.” These very words were Jesus’ response to the Jews who were pursuing Him in today’s gospel.  It speaks of His oneness and intimacy with the Father.  That the things that He speaks do not really come from Him but from the Father, who sent Him.

As baptized Christians, can we rightfully claim that we really know Jesus and that we are from Him?  But what does knowing Jesus entail?  Knowing Jesus is being an instrument of God’s love.  In whatever status of life we find ourselves, the invitation is always for us to love our neighbours more fully, to the point of loving them as we love ourselves.  By this, we can say that we really know Jesus and the people around us, who experience the fruits of our love, will realize that we are really from Him.

The invitation therefore is to be a living presence of Jesus to others so that they may experience God working and alive in their lives in extra-ordinary ways.  We are sent by Christ to become witnesses of His love and compassion by our example of service, humility, obedience and docility to the will of the Father.

This Lenten season is an opportune time for us to reflect on the kind of Christians that we had been in the past year.  Had we been an instrument of God’s grace by being a blessing to our brethren?  Had we loved and served beyond our capacity?  Only then can we say that we know Jesus or in a greater way, we are Jesus himself because others are able to see Christ’s very image reflected in us.

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