thoughts and observations on the daily readings
Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Readings may be found here
The Gospel of John speaks frequently of Jesus’ intimate communion with the Father. The poetic prologue to the Gospel introduces this truth:
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2)
In the course of its narrative, we hear Jesus communicate this as well: He has come from the Father (6:29); He does the work of the Father (5:19-20); the Father testifies to Him (5:37); He does the will of the Father (6:38); He speaks the message of the Father (7:16); to see and know Him is to see and know the Father (8:19).
Now in Chapter 16 as Jesus offers a farewell address to the disciples, we learn that this departure is a return to the Father. As the passion looms, the story has come full circle and Jesus returns to the Father Who sent Him. In this same passage Jesus acknowledges that the disciples “have come to believe” that Jesus is from the Father.
Consider the verses that follow in the prologue immediately after the introduction of the Word:
“All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race…”
What is true of Jesus, that He comes from the Father and that He returns to the Father, is true of us. As Jesus reveals the face of the living God, He also reveals our truest selves, made in the image and likeness of God and called into communion through Christ Our Lord.