23 March 2010
Today’s Readings: Nm 21:4-9/Jn 8:21-30
Addressing his adversaries directly, Jesus tells them that he is going away and that they would look for him. He is referring not only to his passion, death and burial but also his resurrection and ascension in glory. The Jewish people would continue looking for the Messiah not realizing that he has come and been rejected.
Today’s Gospel tells us that rejection of Jesus is a judgement against our own selves. If we reject life itself, how then can we not die? Jesus feels sorry for us because our literal understanding of all that he is saying.
Jesus tells us that we belong to what is below and he belongs to what is above.
We are challenged by Jesus to have a deeper outlook on things and rise above the literal meaning of his teachings. This will deepen our spiritual understanding of his words.
Loving Father, you are enthroned forever in all generations. You have chosen and sent your only Son to be among us. Make us conscious of the things that surround us that we may develop a deeper understanding of what is you proclaim and teach us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.