Daily Reflection – 4/8/19
Jesus spoke to the scribes and Pharisees saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” So the Pharisees said to him, “You testify on your own behalf, so your testimony cannot be verified.” Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I do testify on my own behalf, my testimony can be verified, because I know where I came from and where I am going. But you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by appearances, but I do not judge anyone. And even if I should judge, my judgment is valid, because I am not alone, but it is I and the Father who sent me. Even in your law it is written that the testimony of two men can be verified. I testify on my behalf and so does the Father who sent me.” So they said to him, “Where is your father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while teaching in the treasury in the Temple area. But no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come. ( John 8: 12-20)
The theme that runs through the readings today is the war between the good and evil. We all have a war of good and evil within ourselves as well, but Jesus tells us that he is the light of the world, and we would not be in darkness if we follow him. In all of our lives, light is the grace given to us by Him. The choice to accept it is one we make every day. It is incredulous that offered the reward of living in His light every day, so many still choose to walk on a path that does not lead to Him.
The forces of darkness become prominent as we enter this period of Passiontide. From a worldly perspective we know that His hour of arrest, persecution and Crucifixion takes on the public appearance of horror and disgrace for Jesus. It appears as if He lost and the Pharisees won. But from the perspective of God, which is the only true perspective, Jesus triumphs gloriously. In fact, the Father ultimately permits the malice of the Pharisees to be the instrument of Jesus’ glorification through the sufferings He endured in this hour. From the divine perspective, His hour does not become one of defeat; rather, it becomes one of ultimate victory.
The vivid reminder of Holy Week brings us to ponder, once again, that the Father did permit Jesus to enter into the cruelest suffering and death imaginable. We will be confronted with the apparent scandal of His arrest and the illusion of the victory of the malicious leaders of the day. We need to begin preparing for this annual celebration of the hour of Jesus and enter into it with the utmost confidence and faith. The best preparation always is to focus more on the light within us. Let us be concerned with internal dispositions, rather than external exercises. Let us not concern with how vividly we will conduct the way of the Cross, but how much we empty ourselves so that we will be filled by God himself.
Prayer of The Day
Lord, the Father sent You on a mission of redemption and salvation and permitted You to ultimately suffer and die. But through this suffering He brought final victory over death and all evil. Give me faith to know and believe this truth with my whole heart. Jesus, I trust in You. Amen.
I am the Truth about God and man. Look to Me, meditate on My life, and you will discover the meaning, the purpose and the infinite value of your own life. From Me, you will learn how to properly conduct yourself in relation to the Father and your neighbor. My truth gives light to your conscience especially in those moments of morally difficult decisions. I am Life itself, the source of your natural and supernatural life. “And this life became the light of men” (John 1:4).