Faith Daily | 11 May 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 510
whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people:
help us when we hear his voice
to know him who calls us each by name,
and to follow where he leads;
who with you and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.
GOSPEL for the Day: John 12: 44-50
44 Then Jesus cried aloud: ‘Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. 47I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, 49for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. 50And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.’
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Rev'd Graham
Immediately prior to this passage, John records so much of Jesus’ experiences and teaching that, if I had any doubts, bring me to a point of faith that Jesus, the Christ, and the Father are indeed the one, the God of creation. The first statement in today’s passage to me strengthens John’s initial statement in the Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”
The words that Jesus said, “I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness,” give me a clear understanding of his concern for people who had difficulty even then in understanding God’s presence, just as many seem to have doubts today. And to me this empathy with people is strengthened with Jesus’ statement concerning judgment from him when he says, “for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.” Yes, his words and actions give us a clear light of the way God wants us to live because of Jesus’ example.
I sometimes wonder how much our fear of judgment causes us to act and speak in negative ways. If we have acted “in darkness”, have we forgotten God’s forgiveness through Christ, which allows us to live “in the light”? I know from experience how my thoughts and decisions have been out of kilter when I have not sought forgiveness following words or behaviours that I realised were not acceptable. May we, as much as possible, walk in the light of Christ, not judging, but humbly and positively trying to draw others into that same Godly presence.
Julia Esquivel “Threatened with Resurrection” Bread of Tomorrow
I am no longer afraid of death,
I know well
its dark and cold corridors
leading to life.
I am afraid rather of that life
which does not come out of death
which cramps our hands
and retards our march.
I am afraid of my fear
and even more of the fear of others,
who do not know where they are going,
who continue clinging
to what they consider to be life
which we know to be death!
I live each day to kill death;
I die each day to beget life,
and in this dying unto death,
I die a thousand times and
am reborn another thousand
through that love
from my People,
which nourishes hope!