Readings: 1st: Num 21:4-9; Ps: 101; Gos: Jn 8:21-30
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Today’s Gospel, contains profound reflections on the mystery of God which surrounds the person of Jesus. The Pharisees want to know who Jesus is. So, they asked him, “Who are you?”
Jesus speaks about His departure “I am going away; you will look for Me and you will die in your sin”. Indeed, they will look for Jesus, but will not find Him, because they will look for Him with mistaken criteria.
According to Christ, the Pharisees live in sin and will die in sin. To live in sin is to live far away from God. They imagine God in a certain way, but God is different from what they imagine. This was why they not able to recognize the presence of God in Jesus.
Today, Jesus seems to be sounding a last warning to the pharisees as well as to us. It is a sincere plea of a caring messiah who is willing to save his people. However, it appears that they could not see His point because of their ignorance and stubbornness. They could not even see that God himself has come down to help and save them.
As we come close the Paschal celebration, Jesus is trying to tell us that, in fact, He is one with the Father, and was sent by Him to share the good news of His kingdom. It is when we see Jesus lifted up on the cross that we will realize who he really is, and why he came.
On the cross, we see the triumph of love over evil. We also, see our best help in coping with the reality of evil especially, the present predicament of our world. This will remind us that our salvation costed Christ a lot, and then, our heart will comprehend the extent of his love for us. Then, we shall know that truly, he is: “I Am.”
Peace be with you all!