Gospel of John 10:31-42 Reflection:
I love today’s gospel. In it Jesus challenges his opponents as to the motive of their wanting to stone him: “I have done so many good work for you to see, work from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?”
When you think of it, this still goes on today. Why is Jesus so hated by all these atheists and secularists? Is it what he has done in his life or is it that these people want to live lives that are contrary to God’s law? Whatever the reason, there is so much contempt and hatred of the Catholic Church; completely out of proportion to anything that the Church has done wrong.
The Jews give Jesus his answer: “We are stoning you because you claim to be God.”
Hmnn, I wonder what annoyed them about that; surely the works that Jesus did allowed them to see that he was something completely new in this world. Perhaps for some reason they were not open to the truth.
In many ways all of us are not open to the truth. Even Peter and James and John could not really see who Jesus was and it was not until after his death and resurrection that they were able to give him a new name, “Lord.”
But there are others for whom the truth is something to be blocked out, something to be denied and feared. These are the people who can never see God and who continue to want to destroy everything that he does in the world.
They want a society without God, a morality based on what each person wants to do and they see human rights as superior to God’s rights.
When Jesus says that he is God and that “I do only the Father’s will,” what else can they do but hate him?