Reading 1: GN 17:3-9
Psalm: PS 105: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gospel JN 8:51-59
Here in the gospel we see the Jews looking for fault in Jesus’ teachings. When Jesus promises that those who kept his teachings would not taste death, the Jews ask why father Abraham died. But Jesus, rather than addressing their first question, addresses the real issue on their hearts. They are blind to the fact that Jesus is one with God, and so they have no faith in him. This lack of faith prevents their understanding.
Often times, our questions are like those of the Jews in this Gospel. We ask the questions first, and look for faith second. I often find myself hung up on a theological dilemma, and temporarily fall into worldly comforts as I wait for my answer. Waiting for God to clarify things for us about any problem we are facing in our own life can seem tedious and frustrating. However, Jesus shows us that if we first place faith in him, the answers will come.
Where does our faith in Jesus take root? He himself tells us, “before Abraham came to be, I AM.” At this, the Jews prepare to throw stones at him, for what he is claiming to be. But as Christians, our response is different. Upon the claim of Christ, our faith takes root.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.”