Everyday during Lent, we will offer a reflection of hope. Please join us in prayer.
GOSPEL JN 8:21-30
Jesus said to the Pharisees: "I am going away and you will look for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come." So the Jews said, "He is not going to kill himself, is he, because he said, 'Where I am going you cannot come'?" He said to them, "You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above. You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world. That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM,
you will die in your sins." So they said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "What I told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you in condemnation. But the one who sent me is true, and what I heard from him I tell the world." They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father. So Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me.
The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him." Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.
Reflection by Mrs. Karen Luna, Theology Teacher
In John's style, today's Gospel may leave us in bewilderment. What is going on? Throughout the Gospel of John, Jesus continues to reaffirm His relationship with the Father. He reminds us that He is the “I AM” and that the Pharisees cannot and do not want to accept this. This passage is often referenced as "Jesus, the Ambassador of the Father" and the word that draws my attention here is ambassador. To be an ambassador, means to be chosen as a designated representative of a group or country. This title is an honor; but being an ambassador can also be problematic. In the Gospel, Jesus, as ambassador to the Father, is rejected and foretells of his own death at the hands of those He was sent to share the eternal message of the Father. Jesus tells the Pharisees that they will die in their sins. As ambassador to the Father, they have rejected Him and in doing this have also rejected the eternal truth.
So how are we called to be ambassadors of Christ, of the light? I would argue that we must do two things. First, we must recognize our sins so that we may choose life rather than death. Secondly, that being an Ambassador for Christ, for truth, might mean questioning and challenging the Pharisees of our time. Maybe we are called to challenge the status quo that lives in this darkness that Jesus points out. As Paul puts it, “We are ambassadors for Christ, God making appeal through us.” If this is the case, let us take up our crosses as ambassadors for the Eternal Truth during this final week of Lent.