First Reading: Is 56:1-3a.6-8; Psalm: 67. R. v. 4; Gospel: Jn 5:33-36
WITNESSING TO GOD
BY FR VALENTINE NNAMDI EGBUONU, MSP
In the gospel of today, Jesus defended his authority as the Son of God. This was because some of the Jews questioned his authority and refused to believe in him. When John came preaching and baptising, some of the Jews accept his message while some did not. John bore witness to Jesus and his testimony was evident in the life and ministry of Jesus. But John’s testimony was the testimony of man. Even if the Jews would not believe such testimony, they ought to believe in the testimony of God.
The good works which Jesus accomplished is unprecedented. It has never been heard of before. It takes only a supernatural being to do them. The Jews saw these things and were astounded. This explains their curiosity to know where the authority of Jesus came from. Jesus explained to them that if they were honest to themselves, they would see that the works which the Father did through him were clear witnesses to his identity as the Son of God. And that this testimony was greater than John’s testimony. But these men failed to believe.
Just like these set of Jews, it is sometimes good to be curious about new realities. There is nothing wrong seeking new understanding. But when the truth we seek about something is so evident yet we refuse to believe, we become an obstacle to the truth. Even in our faith life, God has proven severally that he is God. Some Christians today do not believe in God because of the testimonies of people but because of their personal encounter with God who has proved himself to them in several ways. So, if we have seen and testified to the wonders and love of God, why then should we doubt or lose faith in God?
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord Jesus, we believe in you; increase our faith. Amen.