Reflection on John 8:21-30 ~
I vividly remember the first time I truly looked up at a human cast in bronze, mounted on a wooden Cross. At that moment Jesus began to lift me up to places I had not known. Our journeys often include a transformational belief in a Jesus Christ who is with us now and even more so after death to self, in an above and not of this world. We can continue to transform from belief to actually walking with Jesus in the above, embraced by the loving arms of I Am.
The Pharisees Question Jesus, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 8 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Foretells His Death
21 Again he said to them, “I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 Then the Jews said, “Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.” 25 They said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Why do I speak to you at all? 26 I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” 27 They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. 29 And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.” 30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 8:21-30.