“Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day.”

Wednesday’s gospel jumps from John 10 to the end of John 12 (vv. 44-50).  This occurs after Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead followed by His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  In this day’s reading, Jesus speaks of Himself as the light come to dispel the darkness.  He has not come to judge the world, but if one does not follow His teaching, received from the Father, this word itself, which gives eternal life, will condemn.  A continuing theme in these posts has been that belief in Jesus is more than just an acknowledgment of His claim as Son of God and assent to the fact of His saving death and resurrection.  If we believe, then we must obey, or at least constantly strive to do so.  But in order to even get this far, we must know the Word.  Divine revelation comes to us through Scripture and Tradition safeguarded by the teaching authority of the Church established by Christ.  Let us never stop reading, praying, and meditating upon the Bible.  A daily devotion of reading some scripture, especially if it can be done in the context of Holy Mass, is of immeasurable value to our growth in holiness.  Learn the faith.  Start with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but also find some good books on doctrine, spirituality, prayer, as well as commentaries to enrich your knowledge and experience.  On a natural level we want to learn as much about the ones we love as possible.  How much more should we wish to know about our supernatural Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.

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