The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”‘? If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and Scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Then they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power.
He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained. Many came to him and said, “John performed no sign, but everything John said about this man was true.” And many there began to believe in him.
For me personally, the way we look and observe, plays an important role in our daily life, because it provides the necessary elements for intelligence, for a good discernment that will end with a right decision for execution. If this look is not good, we will make a radical mistake, unfortunately the story will end with an act, in all sincerity, against our own will. Fortunately, faith helps us to look at the world and its people, (with the help of our intelligence and obviously with grace,) the invisible and impalpable elements, where the truth is to be found. Its here we identify the way God works in and through us. A person of faith, will see in everything, a divine project. Thus, he or she has something to contribute, not to judge or accuse others. Even at the point of death, their hope in the Lord doesn’t get diminished.
We can verify this in today's Gospel, especially how Jesus sees the world and how his contemporaries refuse the truth. Yet if they wanted to see the divine works, they were right in front of them. Some of us hold a partial truth and stand firm with that truth, without checking it, with a look of faith, with a spiritual support that God has already granted us in Baptism. Let us learn to look at the world with compassion and love. Then, we will witness, not only the divine presence, but also the passion of our brothers and sisters. Next Friday we will celebrate the passion of the Lord. I invite you, therefore, to live it now by recognising the signs that God gives us, through the John Baptists, who are still visibly present in our community, calling for conversion. If we learn to look everything in Faith, this look will certainly help us to be converted, to become true children of God.
Action of the day: Be patient and hopeful.
“For which of these are you trying to stone me?”
Fr. Carles ELÍAS i Cao
Today, Friday, when there is only one week to go to commemorate our Lord's death, the Gospel presents us with the motives of his condemnation. Jesus tries to show the truth to the Jews, but they consider him to be a blasphemer and want to stone him. Jesus tells them about the works He is doing, the works of his Father that bestow credit to him, about why He can use the title of the “Son of God”... Nevertheless, He speaks from a level which is difficult to assimilate by his adversaries: “to be with the truth”, “to listen to his voice”... He speaks to them from the submission and commitment to his Person that make Jesus to be known and loved —“Rabbi, where are you staying?” (Jn 1:38)—, his disciples asked him at the beginning of his ministry. But, it all seems pointless: what Jesus is trying to say is so big they cannot fully understand it; only the small and humble ones will understand him, for the Kingdom is hidden from the wise and the learned.
Jesus struggles to present arguments that may be acceptable for the Jews, but to no avail. In fact, He will die because He is saying the truth about Himself, because He is faithful to Himself, to his identity and to his mission. As a prophet, He will present a claim for conversion and will be rejected, a new face of God and will be spitted at, a new fraternity and He will be forsaken.
Once more, our Lord's Cross emerges with all its strength as a true banner, as the one and only unquestionably reason: “O admirable virtue of the Holy Cross! O ineffable glory of the Father! We can see in it our Lord's Tribunal, the judgment of this World and the power of Christ Crucified. O, yes, my Lord: you have drawn towards you all things when, all day long you have held out your hands to an obstinate and rebellious people (cf. Is 65:2), the whole Universe will realize it had to pay tribute to your majesty!” (Saint Leo the Great). Jesus had to escape to the other side of the Jordan and those that truly believe in him went to him quite willing to follow him and listen to Him.