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March 23, 2021

Jn 8: 21-30

Again he said to them, ‘I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.’ Then the Jews said, ‘Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, “Where I am going, you cannot come”?’ He said to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.’

They said to him, ‘Who are you?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.’ They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.’

As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Embracing Christ’s mission

Do we believe that God sends us to do his work in the world?

In the Gospel of John, Jesus is always a man on a mission. Jesus is “sent by the Father” in a way that defines who he is and what he does. In this passage and others, there is a sense that Jesus is both coming and going: he is at once sent by the Father to do his will on earth, and also returning to the Father in the same obedience. Thus, when Jesus says “Where I am going, you cannot come,” he means that he has a unique mission to the Father as the Son. But he is also warning us that we must accept faith in God to truly embrace Christ’s mission as our own.

How is Jesus’ obedience to God moving us to serve God and his people? How does our life proclaim to others that “The one who sent me is with me”?

Bill McCormick, SJ, is a scholastic of the USA Central and Southern Province in theology studies at Regis College in Toronto, Canada.

 

Prayer

Lord, we come before you aware of our sins, but even more so of your mercy and love. Take us up into your divine light, that through loving imitation of Christ’s obedience, we may do your will in all things, and so spread the Good News that Jesus truly is the Christ.

—Bill McCormick, SJ


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March 23, 2021

Jn 8: 21-30

Again he said to them, ‘I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.’ Then the Jews said, ‘Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, “Where I am going, you cannot come”?’ He said to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.’

They said to him, ‘Who are you?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.’ They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.’

As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Embracing Christ’s mission

Do we believe that God sends us to do his work in the world?

In the Gospel of John, Jesus is always a man on a mission. Jesus is “sent by the Father” in a way that defines who he is and what he does. In this passage and others, there is a sense that Jesus is both coming and going: he is at once sent by the Father to do his will on earth, and also returning to the Father in the same obedience. Thus, when Jesus says “Where I am going, you cannot come,” he means that he has a unique mission to the Father as the Son. But he is also warning us that we must accept faith in God to truly embrace Christ’s mission as our own.

How is Jesus’ obedience to God moving us to serve God and his people? How does our life proclaim to others that “The one who sent me is with me”?

Bill McCormick, SJ, is a scholastic of the USA Central and Southern Province in theology studies at Regis College in Toronto, Canada.

 

Prayer

Lord, we come before you aware of our sins, but even more so of your mercy and love. Take us up into your divine light, that through loving imitation of Christ’s obedience, we may do your will in all things, and so spread the Good News that Jesus truly is the Christ.

—Bill McCormick, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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