“I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”

Skipped is chapter 6 as we move on to the following chapter in John  (Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30).  Now we find Jesus moving in secret, avoiding certain areas in Galilee, as there are plots to kill Him.  Yet He speaks openly in Jerusalem, making the onlookeers wonder why He is not being arrested by the Jewish authorities.  Maybe they are convinced He is the Christ.  But, He couldn’t be, because all know His origins.  Jesus, realizing what they were saying and thinking, tells them that they do not realize His true origin and mission are from God.  Concluding with the line at top, Jesus then avoids an attempt to arrest Him.  Now, regarding these final words of Jesus, should we not strive to say these truthfully as well?  Of course we are from God because He created us and infused our soul into us at the moment of conception; and we become children of God at baptism.  But how well do we know the Trinitarian God?  Have we spent significant quality time in prayer, reading of Scripture, and studying the Catechism and other worthwhile books on the Faith?  If so, we know that we too are commissioned (i.e., “sent” or apostello [Gk.]) to spread the Good News (cf. Mt 28:19-20) and defend our Faith when necessary (cf. 1 Pt 3:15).

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