Lectio Reflection on John 8:51-59 – Tasting Death
More than a decade ago, after reading and using Lectio Divina on this Bible passage instead of my normal reflection style I wrote a poem reflecting on what I believe Jesus meant by “never tasting death” titled “Nine Lives.” My spirit and soul will never taste death. Below is the last Stanza:
At fifty I died a different death, a haunting lasting death to self
This pain of recognizing others needs greater than anything felt
At fifty three it’s a daily death, as night time calls each day end
God’s peace settles in, refreshing me for tomorrow’s resurrection
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John 8:51-59 – Scripture*
51 Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, ‘He is our God,’ 55 though you do not know him. But I know him; if I would say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad.” 57 Then the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible John 8 passage.