Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Friday 12 April 2019
"Is it not written in your law, 'I said, you are gods'? If those to whom the word of God came were called 'gods' - and the scripture cannot be annulled “ John 10, 31
Reading the gospel lets stop here , in fact lets pin our feet to the spot . Awesome lines ! Jesus Christ Himself referring to the Holy Scriptures says”.If those to whom the word of God came were called 'gods’ “ Jesus says these words in a very tense , one could say a life-death situation ! After this conversation if the Jewish people would not have been under the jurisdiction of the Romans, the Jesus would have been stoned on the spot !
Jesus not only knows the laws but also respects them , since He Himself said that : 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." Matthew 5,17-18
With a sound mind , knowing the laws , how can a man say such things in front of the people wanting to condemn Him : “the Father is i me and I am in the Father . “ Since He knows that a man cannot say such a thing about himself ! He can only say it is He is truly “the Son of God” , and behold Jesus was justified by the events , the He rose again from the dead and even today lives amongst us . For me this is clear , and If all on my knees in the presence of this truth and I profess that Jesus Christ our Teacher, our Redeemer really is the Son of God .The question is that who are we people born of a fistful of dust ? What does Jesus mean "If those to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods” I am reading God’s word and despite this I feel myself to be a born from a fistful of dust, ready to sin, small , fragile ! Our Church has never accepted that man can become “like God” , because for man this is impossible, but always taught what Saint Paul put so nicely :" I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2, 20 A man who has free will can give himself to the Love , and then since the living Love is guiding his thoughts, words , deeds , since God lives in him , for that reason he also becomes a saint , he is not only one who is invited to a creator God’s wedding feast , but will be a real guest as well ! In the Creed we profess “We believe in the Communion of Saints”! Yes the Saints find a home in the community of Love of the Holy Trinity , that is why Jesus is saying to the future Saint Paul on the road to Damascus coming from the execution of Saint Stephen : “ Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me !” Not only Saint Paul feels that , Jesus lives in him, but Jesus Himself identifies Himself with the Martyrs , the Saints.
Hard talk but it is worthwhile listening to it , to reflect on it , because Jesus’ word , God’s Word are meant for us , this is the only light at the end of the tunnel , the only hope for the fragile man enclosed in this finite world , that opens a way to eternity , to our creator God’s wedding banquet !
We have to decide it is not enough to decide once , again and again , every minute of our life reading the Word of God , we have to decide in favour of Love and this way living my life with Jesus Christ living my life , I can also become the Saint pop God ! Jesus as a real person showed us that this is a feasible, on this road in reality man the Saint of God , can be a member of the living Community of Love !!
Laden under the Gifts of our Creator,
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : In the Church in Déva named after Saint Anthony, with his statue behind the Blessed Sacrament ..Community of Love.
The Word of God
The Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus replied, "I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?" The Jews answered, "It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God." Jesus answered, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, you are gods'? If those to whom the word of God came were called 'gods' - and the scripture cannot be annulled - can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, 'I am God's Son'? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father." Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands. He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. Many came to him, and they were saying, "John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true." And many believed in him there.