Gospel: Jn 3:31-36
He who comes from above is above all; he who comes from the earth belongs to the earth, and his words belong to the earth. He who comes from heaven speaks of the things he has seen and heard; he bears witness to these things, but no one accepts his testimony. Whoever does receive his testimony acknowledges the truthfulness of God.
The one sent by God speaks God’s words, and gives the Spirit unstintingly. The Father loves the Son and has entrusted everything into his hands. Whoever believes in the Son lives with eternal life; but he who will not believe in the Son will never know life, and always faces the justice of God.
The guides that excel are those who are native to the place. They know of things that are not accessible to those who just studied. They have the feel of the lay of the place. That is why Jesus is an excellent teacher of the things in heaven. He guides like nobody can to have these treasures coming from above because He came from there. He co-authored these good things. So those who receive Him and His teachings have these things in abundance. That is why only the teachings of Jesus is worthy of our trust. The elaborations of men and women of these teachings have to pass through prudent scrutiny. Some of them will try to legitimize their human understanding of Jesus’ teachings by claiming a title and dignity beyond their scope. Hence we have a “bird of prey from the East,” we also have “the Chosen Son of God” and the likes. They may be good men or women. But only one guide comes from heaven, Jesus the Christ. It is to Him that we should pledge our allegiance and faith.