Friday 5th week of Lent

(Jn 10, 31-42)

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.

Now the existential-spiritual blindness and deafness of the Jews become translated into action. Since it comes from a fragmented center the action manifests itself in violence. They pick up stones to hurt Jesus. Their rage wants to see blood as payment for their disturbed conscience. Unsuccessful, they want to imprison the truth. It is causing a lot of havoc.

It is funny how people expend a lot of energy to contain that which will make them truly free, and spend the rest of their lives wondering when they will be liberated from the oppression they find themselves in. If truth is not welcomed it will move on and find a more hospitable welcome. That is why the poor are almost always the recipient of God’ grace of truth, more so especially the poor in heart and spirit. So Jesus went to the other side of the Jordan. Those who are authentic seekers of the truth will not hesitate to cross the river of doubts and uncertainty to find it.

Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF.


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