“I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”

The gospel for this day (Jn 5:17-30) picks up where it left off yesterday.  First we find out that the Jews’ persecution of Jesus includes a desire to kill Him; they are not only disturbed by His actions on the sabbath, but even more offensive in their eyes is that He declares Himself to be God’s son.  Jesus then delivers a monologue to these same Jews in which He does not back off from what He has said, but rather takes it up to another level.  Jesus refers to God as His father numerous times, says that judgment has been given to the Son, and that based on that judgment those who believe and do good works will receive the “resurrection of life” while evildoers will receive the “resurrection of condemnation” (v. 29).  Jesus closes with the words in the headline.  One who is “sent” is an “apostle.”  We are all called to be apostles of the Lord.  Jesus gives us the attitude we must adopt to truly fulfill the role of apostle: to do the Father’s will always.  We learn the Father’s will through prayer, study, meditation on the scriptures, and knowing our Faith.  The well-formed conscience that should result helps to bring into sharp relief the difference between good and evil.  Only then can we clearly see our own faults, sins, and shortcomings, and then grow, by grace, to overcome them.  Then, once the plank is out of our eye, we can then, always with love, look to remove the splinter from our neighbor’s eye (cf. Mt 7:3).

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