Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

(Jn 3, 31-36)

The one who comes from above is above all.
The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.
But the one who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
but no one accepts his testimony.
Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God remains upon him.

The guide that excel are those who are native to the place. They know of things that are not accessible to those who just studied. They have the feel of the lay of the place. That is why Jesus is an excellent teacher of the things in heaven. He guides like nobody can to have these treasure coming from above because He came from there. He co-authored these good things. So those who receive Him and His teachings have these things in abundance. That is why only the teachings of Jesus is worthy of our trust. The elaborations of men and women of these teachings have to pass through prudent scrutiny. Some of them will try to legitimize their human understanding of Jesus’s teachings by claiming a title and dignity beyond their scope. Hence we have “the Chosen Son of God” and the likes. They may be good men or women. But only one guide comes from heaven, Jesus the Christ. It is to Him that we should pledge our allegiance and faith.

Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF.


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