Daily Gospel Reflection for April 8, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: John 8:21-30

“But the one who sent me is true …” (John 8:26)

This one short sentence, in the midst of these nine verses in John, gives me great comfort.

I believe in God, the creator of the world! I’ve believed in Him all of my life. God is true. Who God is, is true; what God does is true; everything about God is nothing but true. Now more than ever, we need what is true. And therefore, we need God.

But there is something about Jesus’ words that make God’s existence even more true and certainly more personal.

In these words, I find comfort, because God sent Jesus out of love. Love for you and love for me (John 3:16). And that love makes God more than the creator of the universe. That love makes God your Father and mine.

Since God sent Jesus out of love for us, you can be sure Jesus is going to make God’s love known. “… I say only what the Father taught me” (28).

Jesus makes God’s love known to us by calling God the intimate, relational title of  “Father” over 130 times in the Gospels. It is no coincidence either that in the Nicene Creed, we profess God as “Father” six times (Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious, pages 49 and 51). This short Gospel passage of nine verses refers to God as “Father” twice.

“To reveal the name of the Father is, in a sense, the whole reason why the Word became flesh,” writes Fr. Michael Gaitley in his book The ‘One Thing’ is Three.

When Jesus talks about God the Father He shows us how close they are. “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).

In today’s Gospel, He says that “the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him” (29).

Jesus shows us God the Father’s intimacy with Him, because Jesus wants us to know that their closeness overflows to us. Through Baptism, we become part of God’s family, and therefore, God wants to be close to us, too. God is with us! He doesn’t leave us alone. Ever.

When I feel lonely or abandoned, I am comforted in knowing that God is always there and always will be there. He loves me. He loves you. He is our Father. And He sent Jesus to reveal His fatherhood to us.

Ponder:

Take a few moments today and reflect on God the Father’s love for you. What are signs in your life that He has revealed to show you His love?

Pray:

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for sending Jesus to show me and teach me Your great love. Help me to draw close to You today and feel Your nearness. Amen.

Copyright 2014 Sarah Damm

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Sarah Damm is a Catholic wife and mother of six children, living in Minnesota. She spends her days running errands, cooking meals and helping with homework. She and her husband Greg strive to weave the Catholic faith into their daily lives as well as into their family celebrations. Sarah blogs at sarahdamm.com. In addition to CatholicMom.com, she also is a contributor for WINE: Women in the New Evangelization.

4 Comments

  1. Such a beautiful reflection on this amazing passage Sarah! I love your ponder question — honestly, so many times each day when I’m “tuned in”, I find those signs you ask about. I realize that when I’m not feeling them, it’s not that God isn’t with me but rather that I’m not with him… He is always there!! I love the way that Jesus speaks of his father in this passage. Have a beautiful day!

    • I feel very similarly, Lisa! When I’m in tune, His signs are all around me. When I’m not, it’s not Him, it’s me that has lost sight of His love. HE is always there! I also love the way Jesus speaks of His Father. Jesus really helps me grow closer to the Father!

  2. Hello Sarah. Thanks too for your time and inspiration from today’s Gospel. Maybe we can also pray for those men and women who struggle with a ‘father wound’ of any kind. May they come to see what Jesus was saying to us: “The Father and I are one.” If those who carry such a wound can see that it is impossible to love the Son without also loving and being loved by the Father… maybe your words will give them something to meditate upon the remainder of Lent. Until the day when the Father raised His Son from death. Blessings, Sarah.

    • Deacon Tom, you make an excellent point! I think Jesus’ words about His Father, how they are ONE, have helped me in my own relationship with God. So, let us indeed keep those who continue to struggle in our prayers. God bless!

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