Todays Gospel 3.4.19
Gospel John 5:17-30
The dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and all who hear it will live
Jesus said to the Jews, ‘My Father goes on working, and so do I.’ But that only made them even more intent on killing him, because, not content with breaking the sabbath, he spoke of God as his own Father, and so made himself God’s equal.
  To this accusation Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
the Son can do nothing by himself;
he can do only what he sees the Father doing:
and whatever the Father does the Son does too.
For the Father loves the Son
and shows him everything he does himself,
and he will show him even greater things than these,
works that will astonish you.
Thus, as the Father raises the dead and gives them life,
so the Son gives life to anyone he chooses;
for the Father judges no one;
he has entrusted all judgement to the Son,
so that all may honour the Son
as they honour the Father.
Whoever refuses honour to the Son
refuses honour to the Father who sent him.
I tell you most solemnly,
whoever listens to my words,
and believes in the one who sent me,
has eternal life;
without being brought to judgement
he has passed from death to life.
I tell you most solemnly,
the hour will come – in fact it is here already –
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God,
and all who hear it will live.
For the Father, who is the source of life,
has made the Son the source of life;
and, because he is the Son of Man,
has appointed him supreme judge.
Do not be surprised at this,
for the hour is coming when the dead will leave their graves
at the sound of his voice:
those who did good will rise again to life;
and those who did evil, to condemnation.
I can do nothing by myself;
I can only judge as I am told to judge,
and my judging is just,
because my aim is to do not my own will,
but the will of him who sent me.’
REFLECTION 1
from Catholic reflections.con

Jesus answered the Jews: “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.”  For this reason they tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God. John 5:17-18

Jesus was clearly guilty of grave sins in the opinion of those who sought to put Him to death.  He did not follow their Sabbath laws in the way they thought He should and He revealed that He was equal to the Father.  This would be a serious sin on Jesus’ part if He was wrong, but obviously He wasn’t.

At the heart of this passage is the unity of the Father and the Son.  The verses following this passage reveal even more clearly that the Father and the Son are one and that Jesus’ whole life is caught up in the fulfillment of the will of the Father.  It is precisely this oneness of will that brings about their unity.

This reveals much to us about the relationship of the Father and the Son, and it also reveals much to us about our own relationship with the Father and the Son.  First of all, the Father and the Son are distinct Persons, each possessing a perfect intellect and will.  However, their oneness came about through the fact that their minds were in perfect harmony, knowing all things equally, and perfectly believing what they know.  As a result of their perfect shared knowledge, they both embraced every detail of the plan of the Father as it was laid out from the foundation of the world.

As for us, we can take from this understanding of the unity of the Father and the Son, the glorious lesson on how we enter into unity with God.  This happens first by seeking the mind of God.  We must probe the glorious mysteries contained therein and must make them our own knowledge.  Second, we must believe what we come to know through an act of our will.  As we discover the truth, we must choose it for our lives.  The challenge is that there are numerous competing voices vying for our attention.  As we sort through them, choosing only that which God reveals, we naturally become attracted to the mind and will of God and make them our own.  In this act we also become one with God.

Reflect, today, upon the unity you are called to live with the Father and the Son.  It is this unity that brings fulfillment to your life.  It’s what you were made for.  Seeking, believing and embracing anything else is simply living by a lie.  Seek the mind and will of God in all things and your whole being will be drawn into greater unity with God.

Father in Heaven, I thank You for the gift of Jesus Your Son and I thank You for the unity that you both share.  Draw me into that glorious unity established by Your minds and wills.  Make me one with You so that You also are my Father.  Father in Heaven, Jesus the Son, I trust in You.

 

 

REFLECTION 2

From gnm.org

Notice the kind of relationship that Jesus had with the Father and see yourself in it. Read again how Jesus described it, but this time see yourself as the Father’s child.

How unified are you with God? Can you say with Jesus, “I can do only what I see the Father doing, for whatever the Father does, I choose to do also”?

True unity is expressed in the final statement: “I am not seeking my own will, but the will of the Father who sent me.”

You, too, have been sent into this world by the Father. During your baptism, the Father commissioned you for ministry, just like he did with the baptism of Jesus.

As a beloved child of Father God, you were “co-missioned” — i.e., placed into mission with Jesus — to continue the ministry that the Son began, in the power of the Holy Spirit who helps you know and do the Father’s will.

Jesus blessed you for this task just before he ascended to heaven (see Mark 16:15). This commissioning rite is repeated at the end of every Mass when the priest, representing Jesus, sends us forth with words such as “go and live the Gospel.”

2019 by Terry A. Modica