Gospel: Jn 8:21-30
Again, Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and though you look for me, you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.” The Jews wondered, “Why does he say that we can’t come where he is going? Will he kill himself?”
But Jesus said, “You are from below and I am from above; you are of this world and I am not of this world. That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. And you shall die in your sins, unless you believe that I am He.”
They asked him, “Who are you?”; and Jesus said, “Just what I have told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the One who sent me is truthful and everything I learned from him, I proclaim to the world.”
They didn’t understand that Jesus was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing of myself, but I say just what the Father taught me. He who sent me is with me and has not left me alone; because I always do what pleases him.”
As Jesus spoke like this, many believed in him.
One’s perspectives help a lot in seeing and processing things we perceive. We may see the same thing but could come up with different interpretations of the one thing seen. To achieve a common vision, we need to undergo the same process of formation. We need to seat at the feet of the same Master.
Jesus’ way of seeing is different from the Jews that He is talking to in this Gospel. This led to a different understanding to the point that they misunderstood the point of the Lord. This is not by itself reprehensible. We all start with our groping about trying to see what the Lord sees, and understand the way the Lord understand things. We start with unknowing and progress towards the marvelous light of God’s truth. That is why many who listened to Jesus believed. When comprehension dawned, a new world opened to them. A new form of life awaits those who are open to receive the truth of the Lord.