14 Mar 2018: Union with God – Here and Hereafter

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Reading 1: Is. 49: 8-15; Gospel: Jn. 5: 17-30

The Gospel passage of the day seems to be bit theological. Through various parallels, Jesus explains to us that He and the Father are one – both in being and doing.

As I was going through the passage, two things struck me the most. Firstly, Jesus says that He can do nothing on His own. He is God, the second person of the Most Holy Trinity, the Word through whom all things were created, the almighty God. Yet He says that He can do nothing on His own. This does not mean that He is weak or incapable. It means that He is at constant union with God. His every thought, word and deed is constantly actualized in the presence and power of the Father. If that was how Jesus lived His earthly life, we too are called to do the same. For in Him we have also received adoption as sons and daughters of God (Eph 1:5). Recently, in the social media, I came across a preacher who wonderfully said: ‘God does not want the five minutes you give at the start and end of the day, He wants to be in the middle of everything you do’. Yes. It is very true. God does not want the minimum we so grudgingly give; He wants to be with us in all that we are and all that we do. He actually longs for it so much that He was willing to suffer and pay for it on the Cross.

Secondly, Jesus affirms that there is life after death. All will experience resurrection – some to receive life, others to receive condemnation (Jn 5:29). Contrary to the worldly belief, Jesus warns us that there is condemnation (hell). In my faith journey, I have come across so many individuals, well-learned and scholarly, who dispute with this fact. Some even say that there is no hell and no condemnation. However, Jesus clearly states that this is not true. And He knows best because He came only to testify to the truth (Jn 18:37). Jesus speaks of only what He knows and what He has seen (Jn 3:11). Furthermore, He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn 14:6). Now it is up to us to decide on whom to believe and follow. One thing is for sure, if you follow Jesus you will definitely inherit eternal life that comes after this worldly death.

If you are united with Him in this life, you will also be united with him in the life to come…

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