Reflection on John 12:44-50 ~
Imagine you are responsible for the lives of many on a ship. It is a dark night, a storm surrounds you, visibility is limited, and the seas are rough. Off in the distance you can see a lighthouse beacon and hear its deep resonating sounds. With its light and sound you know everyone is safe as with it you can keep the ship from crashing against the boulders. So it is with Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit, guiding our journey from within our perilous world into eternal life.
John 12 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Summary of Jesus’ Teaching
44 Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. 47 I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, 49 for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 12:44-50.