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April 05, 2022

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.

Belonging to the Kingdom of the Father

As the Lenten season progresses, the readings highlight the conflict between Jesus and the religious authorities that will eventually lead to his death. In today’s Gospel, Jesus makes it clear there is a distinction between belonging to this world and belonging to the Kingdom of the Father. Jesus belongs completely to the Kingdom of the Father, always doing what is pleasing to him. By telling us what he has heard from the Father, he wants us, too, to belong to that Kingdom.

St. Ignatius had great insight into the contrast between this world and the Kingdom of the Father. Riches and honors tie us down to this world by drawing us into ourselves. Poverty and humility liberate us for the Kingdom by turning us to God and others.

Is there some way I can forego money or honor today to serve others and do what is pleasing to the Father?

—David Kiblinger, SJ, is a deacon of the USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus studying theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He will be ordained a priest this June.

Prayer

Jesus, help us to imitate you today. Sharpen our vision so that we may see more clearly those things which close us in on ourselves and those things which open us up to others. Give us the grace to enter fully into the Kingdom of our Father. Amen.

—David Kiblinger, SJ
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April 05, 2022

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.

Belonging to the Kingdom of the Father

As the Lenten season progresses, the readings highlight the conflict between Jesus and the religious authorities that will eventually lead to his death. In today’s Gospel, Jesus makes it clear there is a distinction between belonging to this world and belonging to the Kingdom of the Father. Jesus belongs completely to the Kingdom of the Father, always doing what is pleasing to him. By telling us what he has heard from the Father, he wants us, too, to belong to that Kingdom.

St. Ignatius had great insight into the contrast between this world and the Kingdom of the Father. Riches and honors tie us down to this world by drawing us into ourselves. Poverty and humility liberate us for the Kingdom by turning us to God and others.

Is there some way I can forego money or honor today to serve others and do what is pleasing to the Father?

—David Kiblinger, SJ, is a deacon of the USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus studying theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He will be ordained a priest this June.

Prayer

Jesus, help us to imitate you today. Sharpen our vision so that we may see more clearly those things which close us in on ourselves and those things which open us up to others. Give us the grace to enter fully into the Kingdom of our Father. Amen.

—David Kiblinger, SJ
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