4th week in Easter Time, Thursday – 12th May 2022 — Gospel: Jn 13,16-20
Slave and Messenger
When Jesus said, “No slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him,” he warns his apostles of the threat of hostility. Through the washing of their feet, Jesus leaves no room for doubt that servants are not “greater than” their masters. Judas had already accepted the blood money in exchange for turning Jesus over to the authorities, but it was not too late for him to repent here. He did not. Perhaps Judas believed he was in control, able to twist events to his advantage without losing his place among his brother apostles. Judas soon realized that he was never in control but instead he became slave to Satan and his messenger of evil. God has given every person free will, but we fail for the lie that we are in control of our lives. Jesus taught his apostles that our acts of free will are subject to two choices: good or evil. If good, we follow Jesus’ example of humility and service for others; if evil, we become salve of Satan and his messenger.
4th week in Easter Time, Wednesday – 11th May 2022 — Gospel: Jn 12,44-50
Fundamentals to Believe
Jesus gives four reasons why the non-believers should believe in him. First, Jesus is one with the Father (Jn 12,44-45.49). Father and Son are so closely identified that to believe in Jesus is to believe in the Father and to see him is to see the Father. Jesus asserted his essential unity with the Father even much before this section (Jn 10,30.38; 8,19). Second, Jesus is light (Jn 12,46). As light, Jesus not only dispels darkness from this world, but enlightens all men (Jn 1,4-5.9; 3,19-21; 8,12; 9,5). This is the primary reason why Jesus came into the world, to redeem those who are in spiritual and moral darkness. Third, to reject Jesus words is to face his judgement on the last day (12,47-48). Jesus states these truths that have been repeatedly taught in the Gospel (Jn 3,17-18; 5,22.45-47; 8,15-16; 9,39). This is his final warning to those who reject him. Therefore, he emphasizes on the judgement that will take place on the last day. Jesus also offers a sure way to escape that awful day: to believe in his word and the Father who sent him (Jn 5,24). Fourth, Jesus was the faithful messenger of the Father who sent him. He emphasizes twice that Father is the ultimate authority and source of all things. Jesus’ authority came from God and the word he spoke also came from God. He gives to the world God’s commandment to believe. And this commandment focuses on the most important matter of all, namely, eternal life. Therefore, believe in Jesus, because He is one with the Father; He is the light; His words will judge all those who reject them; and He gives Father’s commandment that is eternal life.