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DG BookGospel: John 10:31-42
The Jews then picked up stones to throw at him; so Jesus said, “I have openly done many good works among you,
which the Father gave me to do. For which of these do you stone me?” The Jews answered, “We are not stoning you
for doing a good work, but for insulting God; you are only a man, and you make yourself God.” Then Jesus replied,

“Is this not written in your law: I said, you are gods? So those who received this word of God were called gods, and the Scripture is
always true. What then should be said of the one anointed, and sent into the world, by the Father? Am I insulting God when I say, ‘I am
the Son of God’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not believe me. But if I do them, even if you have no faith in me, believe
because of the works I do; and know that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” Again they tried to arrest him, but Jesus escaped from
their hands. He went away again to the other side of the Jordan, to the place where John had baptized, and there he stayed.
Many people came to Jesus, and said, “John worked no miracles, but he spoke about you, and everything he said was true.” And many
in that place became believers.

 

Reflection:

 

Two elements capture my attention in today’s Gospel:
Jesus revealing our true identity, and the true test of such identity.
Sadly, the crowd being crowd, understands neither of them.
The “am-ness” of God that Jesus claimed moments ago, he
now reveals as our own origin and destiny, basing it on the
truth of the Scriptures: “You are gods.” By receiving the word of
God, we become God; or, as the mystic doctor John of the Cross
repeatedly puts it, “God-byparticipation.” Now, the proof of the
pudding is in eating. If one is God by participation, the
evidence lies in the way one lives life. Jesus invites the crowd
to see the works he does and believe that the Father and he
are one. If we were to subject ourselves to a DNA test of our
godly origins, would the result be positive or negative?

 

 

 

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