The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true.
He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
At every Eucharist we gather to praise and worship our God who became human for us. We know God is infinite and beyond our understanding but, like Ignatius, we also rejoice that our God is so much like us and so close, incarnate right here beside us and in each other, taking part in the ordinariness of our real lives. That faith in Jesus as the One who comes from heaven into our very midst, who speaks the words of God, who is the Word of God, may often be what keeps us steady in a careening world of doubt and despair. We have his life and love as our model.
Do we see Jesus there behind the façade of someone afraid or indifferent? Do we hear his voice whispering to us above the noise of our busy agendas? His invitation is constant. Eternal life will require our response.
—Jim O’Donnell is a long-serving deacon at Gesu Church, University Heights, OH. He is also a University Hospitals physician specializing and leading a research team in nuclear medicine.
Lord, enfold me in the depths of your heart;
and there hold me, refine, purge, and set me on fire,
raise me aloft until my own self knows utter annihilation.
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.Please share the Good Word with your friends!