March 18, 2013

The Gospel Today

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Jn 8: 12-20

Jesus spoke to them again, saying,
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”
So the Pharisees said to him,
“You testify on your own behalf,
so your testimony cannot be verified.”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Even if I do testify on my own behalf, my testimony can be verified,
because I know where I came from and where I am going.
But you do not know where I come from or where I am going.
You judge by appearances, but I do not judge anyone.
And even if I should judge, my judgment is valid,
because I am not alone,
but it is I and the Father who sent me.
Even in your law it is written
that the testimony of two men can be verified.
I testify on my behalf and so does the Father who sent me.”
So they said to him, “Where is your father?”
Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father.
If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
He spoke these words
while teaching in the treasury in the temple area.
But no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

Reflection (Sem. Arnel A. Calata, Jr.)

Through the light of faith that we have received, Jesus challenges us to become light, not only to acquire personal understanding and enlightenment, but to accompany our brethren and be a light for them, especially to those who are in the midst of uncertainty and obscurity.We are now in the fifth week of our Lenten observance. In today’s Gospel, Jesus explicitly says that He is “the light of the world.” We are given the image of the light to which the prophets of the Old Testament have designated for the Messiah (cf Is 9:1-6) who would not only be the King of Israel but the light of all nations (Is 42:6). It is good to note that Jesus applies the image of the light to himself in two distinct ways. First, He is the light which enlightens our minds. He helps us to understand His revelation through this divine enlightenment. Second, He is the light which enlightens our hearts to enable us to accept His revelation and live in accordance with it. Interestingly, these two distinct ways of enlightenment bring us to a mystery – a mystery that calls us to accept Jesus’ gift to us, the gift of Faith. Indeed, as adopted sons and daughters of God, through the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are called to “become sons (and daughters) of light.”

Let us not waste the gift which we have received from Jesus. As we come closer to the summit of the celebration of our Christian faith, the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord, let us turn to Him, the Light of the world, and ask for the grace of an increased faith. Jesus, Light of the world, increase our faith!

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