Jesus declared publicly: «Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me, sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I am not the one to condemn him; for I have come, not to condemn the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me, and does not receive my word, already has a judge: the very word I have spoken will condemn him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority; the Father who sent me has instructed me in what to say and how to speak. I know that his commandment is eternal life, and that is why the message I give, I give as the Father instructed me».
Today’s readings are quite rich in theology and we have plenty for the application. Thus I propose to you all with lot of choice without giving or insisting any orientations.
First I invite you all to choose one or two words which you find interesting or personally interpellant or challenging. Once you have chosen to word, I invite you to observe the movements interior and see the feelings and emotions that dominate or dwells our thinking. It is here that the Lord works in you and is going to orient your day.
For an example, if you take the world, ‘sent’, see by yourself for what mission that The Lord has called you and sent you. Or simply, are you able to identify the person send by God, either to help you, or who is in need of your help. It is here, where the Lord invites you to act in His place, why not? You see already in the first reading that Paul is asked to be ready for a particular mission. You see there already the role of the community in prayer and the communion. Even though the elements necessary are not visible, they have learned to listen and engage by their obedience. And you………..?
Why not take the word faithfulness, or Jesus as the light of the world. It may be also equally important to look at the way Jesus affirms that He hasn’t come to judge us. Why not meditate on it and see in ourselves, how many times in our words, the way we look at people and gesture that we have become judgemental? Why not meditate on the authority of Jesus and from where he has received this authority? And our own authority and how we exercise this in our daily life? Or simply, Jesus brings us towards His Father, and where do we lead the people?
«Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me»
Fr. Julio César RAMOS González SDB
Today, Jesus cries out; He cries out just as someone who is saying words everybody should clearly listen to. His clamor synthesizes his saving mission, as He has come «to save the world» (Jn 12:47), but not on his own but in the name of «the Father who sent me and has instructed me in what to say and how to speak» (Jn 12:49).
It is not yet a month ago when we were celebrating the Paschal Triduum: how much present was the Father in the final hour, the hour of the Cross! As His Holiness John Paul II has written, «Jesus, overwhelmed by his foreknowledge of the trial waiting for him, alone before God, invokes him with his usual and tender expression of trust: ‘Abbá, Father’». The next hours clearly show the intimate dialogue of the Son with the Father: «Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing» (Lk 23:34); «Father, into your hands I commend my spirit» (Lk 23:46).
The importance of this work by the Father and his Messenger, well deserves the personal response of he who is listening. This response is to believe, that is, a profession of faith (cf. Jn 12:44); faith that gives us the light —by the same Jesus— so that we shall not remain in darkness. But, he who rejects all these gifts and manifestations, and does not listen to those words «already has a judge: the very Word I have spoken» (Jn 12:48).
Therefore, to accept Jesus is to believe in, see and listen to the Father, not to be in darkness, to obey the command of eternal life. We certainly deserve Saint John of the Cross' rebuke: «[The Father] with this Word said everything in one go (...). Consequently, if you would like to ask God now, or should you pretend some kind of vision or revelation, it would not only be a piece of nonsense, but an offence for God, for not looking up only at Christ without asking for any other thing or novelty».