“I DO NOT ACCEPT HUMAN TESTIMONY,BUT I SAY THIS SO THAT YOU MAY BE SAVED.” JN 5:31-47
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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?” JN 5:31-47
Today, Jesus reminds us He is God and that He came from the Father.
“The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.”
He is one with God and the Torah is being fulfilled by Him as He speaks.
“For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me” and “You search the Scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf.”
The Word made Flesh dwelt among us and He brought us a message of salvation, “I do not accept human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved.”
Does Jesus need to be more detailed and explicit in who He is and what His mission is about? Will there ever be enough Words from God to convince us that Jesus is the Savior of the world and God is the one true God? No. We have to believe it is the Truth in our heart and totally and completely dedicate ourselves to Him with faith based on these Words He revealed. We will fall short putting forth half-hearted effort, continuing to fall, and a wavering faith. This is the beauty of the Gospel, God knows these weaknesses and still chooses to love with a Father’s love.
Jesus resurrected and all He said is Truth or He did not resurrect and He is a radical liar claiming to be one with God. Jesus forces us to make a decision and then live our lives being transformed by Him. Otherwise, we have no identity, no mission and purpose. We have no hope for a better future or of a place where there is a loving Father. There is no love without God.
Today’s challenge: Believe that Jesus is one with the only God and He came to save us. Dedicate yourself to Him by praying to Him without ceasing, invite Him into every part of your life, receive Him daily if possible in the Eucharist, visit Him in the Adoration chapel and keep Him company, ask Him to help you understand Him better and love Him more, sit at His feet every day and learn from Him to prepare for His arrival during on Easter.
Be servant, become a saint!