Thursday, March 10th – Denna Cheramie
Gospel: JN 5:31-47
Jesus said to the Jews:
“If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.
But there is another who testifies on my behalf,
and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.
You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
I do not accept human testimony,
but I say this so that you may be saved.
He was a burning and shining lamp,
and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
But I have testimony greater than John’s.
The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
these works that I perform testify on my behalf
that the Father has sent me.
Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf.
But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
and you do not have his word remaining in you,
because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.
You search the Scriptures,
because you think you have eternal life through them;
even they testify on my behalf.
But you do not want to come to me to have life.
“I do not accept human praise;
moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
I came in the name of my Father,
but you do not accept me;
yet if another comes in his own name,
you will accept him.
How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another
and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father:
the one who will accuse you is Moses,
in whom you have placed your hope.
For if you had believed Moses,
you would have believed me,
because he wrote about me.
But if you do not believe his writings,
how will you believe my words?”
What are Your Credentials?
To better understand John 5:31-47, it helps to know the passages that come before it. John 5:31 follows one of Jesus’ healing miracles, which He performed on the Sabbath. Because of it, the religious authorities challenged his credentials.
Jesus knows that the message He brings – that He is God incarnated– is a hard one to believe. He needs to be believable – so He gives them His credentials. He points to John the Baptist as a witness and references Holy Scripture as proof, but He also knows that it will be His actions even more than His words that will move people. His actions – His miracles – His love - are His credentials.
What are my credentials? Who do I claim to be? Do my actions match my words? Who will testify to my Christianity? These are questions I asked myself as I read John 5:31-47. I pray that my actions speak to my Christianity. I pray that those who speak of my credentials are able to speak words of faith, hope, and love. I pray that in my ministry I will always remember the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel at all times and, when necessary use words.” Or, in more secular language, that I “walk the talk” in my life as a Catholic schoolteacher.
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