“If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
But I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent.
“You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life.I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God?
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
From the wonderful book Jesus: A Pilgrimage by Fr. James Martin, SJ, I learned that in John’s Gospel “one is privileged to see the divine side of Jesus.” That’s certainly the case in today’s Gospel as Jesus presents evidence of his divine identity to the religious leaders.
But I can’t help imagining how Jesus felt as he faced this persecutory bunch. Was he sad they didn’t believe John the Baptist’s testimony? Was he disappointed they couldn’t understand he was sent by his father? Did he want to shout in frustration, “What will it take, people?”
Lent is a time to draw closer to Jesus, fully human and fully divine. To choose the life that he offers. To abide in his word. To approach him when we are rejected or dismissed. Two-thirds of the way through Lent, might he be asking me, “What will it take to be still and know who I am?”
—Diane Amento Owens is a spiritual director who encourages her directees to see the world through the lens of Ignatian spirituality.
Lord Jesus, I place my hope in you.
May I abide in you always and freely choose the life you offer me.
Today, grant me the grace to turn my heart and my mind toward you
Like a spring flower turning its face to the light.
—Diane Amento Owens
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