31st of March

Publié le 30 Mars 2022

Gospel text

(Jn 5:31-47): 

 

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?”

 

The Application

 

We know that faith is a gift from God. Yet we must learn to accept it and Jesus is helping us to understand what God has wised for the humanity in His death and resurrection. We should understand that even His disciples were very often in shaky hands, in spite of being formed by Jesus for three years.  In today's Gospel, Jesus shows us three ways that can help us to grow in faith. First, the sacred scriptures that reveal to us God's love and forgiveness. He will use them to explain to the disciples of Emmaus, about His death and resurrection. By examining them we can easily discover not only the divine fidelity, but also the unfaithfulness of the people whom God so loved.

 

The second means is the testimony of the people and their tradition. The history of salvation allows us to discover the divine works and its wonders, especially the liberation of the people of Israel. It is our history and the path that our holy saints have walked, if followed faithfully, it will lead us to Christ, the Saviour of the world.

 

The third is our openness to the impulse of the Holy Spirit. God continues to speak to us and to reveal himself to us. Even if revelation is complete in Jesus, God continues to accompany us through times, events, peoples, etc. We must remain vigilant and patient, for our God is faithful to all that He has told us, through our fathers. As I said to the children at school, I repeat once again, we must learn to listen to the whispers of the Lord, in the depths of our being, in the inner silence, when we are forced to live in darkness. It is from these darkness of life that we will see the light that God proposes to us.

 

Action of the day: Learn to listen before asking question.

“If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true”

 

Fr. Miquel MASATS i Roca

(Girona, Spain)

 

Today, the Gospel teaches us how Jesus faces the following objection: as Deuteronomy 19:15, says, “One witness alone shall not stand against someone in regard to any crime or any offense that may have been committed; a charge shall stand only on the testimony of two or three witnesses”. Jesus plaids in his favor John the Baptist's testimony, the Father's testimony —manifest through the works He did— and, finally, the testimony of the Scriptures.

Jesus Christ reproaches those who listen to him three impediments they have, to accept him as the Son of God's Messiah: the lack of love of God; the lack of honest intentions —they only seek the human glory— and, their having their own interests at heart when interpreting the Scriptures.

Holy father Saint John Paul II wrote: “You can get to the contemplation of Christ's face only by listening, in the Spirit, to the Father's voice, for no one knows the Son except the Father (cf. Mt 11:27). It is, therefore, needed the revelation from the Almighty. But, to receive it, it is indispensable to place oneself in a listening attitude”.

This is why we have to bear in mind that, to declare Jesus Christ as the true Son of God, the proposed external evidence is not enough; will's rectitude is very important, that is, a good moral disposition.

In this time of Lent, by increasing the deeds of penance that facilitate our interior renovation, we shall improve our disposition to contemplate Christ's true face. This is why, Saint Josemaría, says: “That Christ you see, is not Jesus. —It will be, in any case, the sad image your blurred eyes may form... —Purify yourself. Clarify your look with humility and penance. Afterwards... you won't be lacking the clear lights of Love. And you will have a perfect vision. Your image will really be: Him!”.

 

 

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