18 March 2010
Today’s Readings: Ex 32:7-14/Jn 5:31-47
We are more familiar nowadays in the juridical parlance of the word testimony. Many people would associate testimony in the validity of evidences as presented in the court. This was the same ground of argument that was invoked clearly by Jesus’ opposition that no one can testify on his own behalf which in the same ground holds that no one can be convicted on the testimony of one witness. Todays Gospel, explores the meaning of Jesus’ testimony in relation with John the Baptist’s miracles and Moses’ intercession for the people.
Jesus reminds the people that if our motivation is only to testify for our glory, then we fail to testify to God. It is our common mistake to assume that if we testify for what we know, it is enough to seal our conviction. This is the same mistake of people who follows rigidly the Judaic tradition and rejects Jesus and eventually rejects the father who is the real witness to Jesus. John invites his community to remember that testimony is about believing, experiencing and becoming more open to God’s graciousness.
In our fast changing world, we focus so much on the body of evidences rather than to focus on our faith-lived experiences. We fail to recognize how God manifests his blessings and goodness to us everyday and think that God has forgotten his promise of salvation.
Jesus’ testimony pierces the limitations of our intelligence and juridical definitions and dwells in our faith and believing in God.
Lord, we ask you to continuously open our hearts to Your unending grace. We thank You for leading us always towards Your goodness in spite our our short-sightedness and failure to recognize You in Jesus due to our self-centered intentions. Envelop us with your love and guide us with your wisdom as we testify to Jesus through our own simple ways. This we testify through Your Son, Jesus, our Lord. Amen.