11th of May

Publié le 10 Mai 2022

Gospel text

(Jn 12,44-50): 

 

Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”

 

The Application

 

Light has two effects on us. Firstly, it illuminates our path, and helps us to identify  the direction we would like to go. In a well-lit place, we have a lot of information, and it reveals to us something new information, better understanding of the present status,  and in a difficult moment to discern, with the available resource,  all that we can or cannot.  When we hear from the mouth of the Lord that He is the Light, He does in us in threefold  of what an ordinary light is capable of doing.

 

 

Double effect in us and on us, a knowledge of ourselves. The second, a revelation about Jesus and about this world he saves, and the third, the source of all existence, the Father, our God. In this teaching Jesus makes us understand that even in our dark moments, or nights of our lives, God continues to work in us and for us. Before we can believe in God, we must begin to believe in Jesus. Before we begin to believe in Jesus, we must believe not only in the divine presence in the world, but also in the fact that God is at work in us and continues to guide us. Before we can believe in the God who dwells in heaven and on earth, we must learn to discover God in ourselves.

Once we believe, than we will be able to see the impulsions of the Holy Spirit, learn from Jesus, and walk towards the Father.

 

Action of the Day: Believe in the divine Mercy.

«Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me»

 

Fr. Julio César RAMOS González SDB

(Mendoza, Argentina)

 

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 saint 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».

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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