From the Word of the Day
Who are you? (John 8: 25)
The encounters and disagreements between Jesus and the Pharisees continue. Jesus’ language is rich with references that only a deep knowledge of the Old Testament allows one to decipher them. The group of Pharisees who are listening to Him have the instruments to understand Him. We, instead, are helped by the first reading of the story of the poisonous snakes that bite the people of God who are complaining about the tasteless food and murmur against God Himself. As the mediator, Moses is told by God to build a serpent of reeds and raise it on his staff. All those who look upon it are saved from the poison and recognize the efficacious sign of salvation.
Jesus speaks thus with the Pharisees, deepening the content of their previous question, “Where is Your Father?” With His words, He reveals the salvific intention of God, the Father, who sends the Son to be raised up. Looking at the Son raised up will be salvation for God’s people even today.
It seems that the minds of the Pharisees are opening. They come up with a second question. “Who are You?” Jesus will later ask His own apostles, “Who do you say I am?”, and Peter will respond, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”.
Here, Jesus has led the Pharisees to ask their question, fruit of that teaching journey undertaken, which delves within and transforms ancient knowledge in the light of the new and leads to further understanding. Some of them actually begin to believe in Jesus. The response to the question, “Who are you?” is “I am”. There is immediate recall of the Divine Presence. Some of them grasp that they are before a new burning bush which reveals God’s face more and more.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask myself, who Jesus is.
Lord, daily affairs sometimes make me think this question is too theoretical. Instead, it is precisely daily life that obligates me to take account of You, the Mystery that dwells in me. Help me in the work of each day, in the distractions, preoccupations, and satisfactions that I meet, to keep myself aware of You and ready to perceive Your every trace, to meet You, know You, and dwell in You.
The Voice of God’s Word
“But you, who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”.