Jesus said to the Jews:
“If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.
But there is another who testifies on my behalf,
and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.
You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
I do not accept human testimony,
but I say this so that you may be saved.
He was a burning and shining lamp,
and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
But I have testimony greater than John’s.
The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
these works that I perform testify on my behalf
that the Father has sent me.
Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf.
But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
and you do not have his word remaining in you,
because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.
You search the Scriptures,
because you think you have eternal life through them;
even they testify on my behalf.
But you do not want to come to me to have life.
“I do not accept human praise;
moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
I came in the name of my Father,
but you do not accept me;
yet if another comes in his own name,
you will accept him.
How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another
and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father:
the one who will accuse you is Moses,
in whom you have placed your hope.
For if you had believed Moses,
you would have believed me,
because he wrote about me.
But if you do not believe his writings,
how will you believe my words?”
Reflection (Sem. Herwyn T. Bulaun)
Everything finds its meaning in Jesus Christ. The words of the prophets, such as Moses, and the testimonies of John the Baptist find their meeting point in Jesus Christ. Aside from this, we can also grasp the centrality of Jesus in the many good deeds that he performed. If there is one thing that can describe the uniqueness of Jesus, it is His life’s witnessing of the unconditional love of God.
Jesus’ words and deeds were all testament to the Father. He did many miracles. He had forgiven a woman who was caught in adultery. He calmed the storm, He healed a Gadarene demoniac, a paralytic man, and the centurion’s servant, He resuscitated the daughter of a synagogue leader, restored the sight of two blind men, and healed a mute man. If we looked closely at these actions of God, they were all related to the miserable situation of life. Jesus wanted the people to experience the goodness of God. A good deed coming from a person innocent from personal interest, I believe, did not need any testimonials. His good deeds were already testament.
I now finished my seminary formation. The six long years of formation were not a mere testament of my hard work. Rather, it a testament of the mercy and goodness of God to me. I am aware of my weaknesses and limitations, either physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. But, God wanted my weakness to be a testament for those who are struggling in their vocation due to their weakness and an inspiration to those who are called by God but hesitant to heed the call because of their weaknesses.
In our life, there are moments that God’s deeds and words are living witness to His goodness and love. There are unpleasant situations wherein it is only the grace of God that turns the event into a blessing. Lent is a season to remember the goodness of God and be a living testament to God in our ordinary life.