Monday, March 14th – Sr. Mary Ellen Wheelahan O.Carm.
Gospel: JN 8:12-20
Jesus spoke to them again, saying,
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”
So the Pharisees said to him,
“You testify on your own behalf,
so your testimony cannot be verified.”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Even if I do testify on my own behalf, my testimony can be verified,
because I know where I came from and where I am going.
But you do not know where I come from or where I am going.
You judge by appearances, but I do not judge anyone.
And even if I should judge, my judgment is valid,
because I am not alone,
but it is I and the Father who sent me.
Even in your law it is written
that the testimony of two men can be verified.
I testify on my behalf and so does the Father who sent me.”
So they said to him, “Where is your father?”
Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father.
If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
He spoke these words
while teaching in the treasury in the temple area.
But no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
"I know where I came from and where I am going." (8:14) This passage in John's Gospel is important for me in 2016. I have so many decisions to make each day and each of these decisions should reflect, for me, who I am and what I value. Every action and all I say should speak of my faith and my understanding that I am created in the image of a God who loves me and loves every person my decisions involve. The decisions also reflect my ultimate goal in life, which is to be with God eternally in heaven.
Jesus also says, "If you knew me, you would know my Father also." (8:19) An important way I can get to know God more intimately is to take time each day to develop my relationship with Jesus. Reading and praying with the Gospels and being open to the graces God offers to me each day, helps me to get to know Jesus who teaches me about his Father.
St. Edith Stein reminds us how important daily prayer is and how important it is to begin our day with being aware of God's presence in our lives. "Let go of your plans. The first hour of your morning belongs to God. Tackle the day's work that he charges you with, and he will give you the power to accomplish it." (E. Stein) Don't spend the hour worrying with God. Just present your day to God and if something comes to you, simply place it in his hands. Be trusting, be receptive.
All love, all good, is offered to me each day, each moment of the day. I have only to spend time being open. That is the gift of Lent - time to slow down, reflect, practice mercy and compassion. Live like Christ. Take time to learn more about who Jesus is and who he leads me to, his Father.
I have to ask myself:
1. Jesus is the light of the world. How do I reflect that in my relationships with family, friends, teachers?
2. How do I show that I know and love God in my interactions with others on social media? Through my face-to-face interactions? Do I use electronic communication at times when face-to-face communication would be more loving? DO I turn off my electronic devices during the day?3. How do I trust the power of God to accomplish good through me when I don't stand up for a student who may be experiencing bullying or abuse?
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