Gospel of John 8:12-20 Reflection:
As we enter the second last week of lent, the Gospels begin to concentrate on the mystery of the person of Jesus. We are approaching the climax of the church year with the resurrection of the Lord and the church prepares us for this with readings revealing the hidden mystery of Jesus.
Today John records a discussion between Jesus and the Pharisees about who he is.
"You are testifying on your own behalf, therefore your testimony is not valid," say the Pharisees.
Jesus in his defense raises the argument to a higher level. He replies that he knows who he is and that this knowledge is enough for him; "I know where I came from and where I am going."
The poor old Pharisees had no idea of what he was talking about, they could not have had. At this stage even the apostles were still unsure.
There is a mystery in Jesus, he is a mystery. God and man; how can that be.
Even after 2000 years the world will still not accept that Jesus is unique in all of history. Society either ignores or rejects him. Some believe, as some have always believed.
This is the church preparing us for Easter, bringing to mind the dichotomy that is Jesus. Take time during these last two weeks prior to Easter and dwell upon Jesus the mystery: God and man...a very fruitful meditation.