Today’s reflection has been offered by parishioner Kathleen Sacks, based on today’s Gospel from John.
“The truth will set you free” How many times have I heard that? Jesus is speaking to the “Jews who believed” yet from this excerpt, it sounds like they don’t believe…….oh John, how ironic! Let’s get to the truth! Were the Pharisees caught up in the narrow, literal meaning of the Law of Moses? Were they missing the Spirit of the Law: love and mercy? As a teacher, I am often caught up in the rules of the school…….a rule is a rule, right? If you don’t follow the rule, then you break the rule! I forget that the rules were made to provide an environment where learning can take place for everyone. Sometimes, I get so caught up in enforcing the rule, I forget to see the person in front of me. I forget that the person is more important than the rule…….but I’m learning. It’s not easy! I am learning to say, “I was wrong, I’m sorry.” No phones during class sounds like a good rule, right? Not for the student whose mother had surgery that morning.
“If you remain in my Word”……… (John 8:32) During my senior year in High School, we studied the Gospel of John under the guidance of Sr. Dorothy Tighe. We read from the Gospel of John every day and I thought that it was the most difficult to understand of all the gospels. It wasn’t real to me and very cryptic and confusing. Over the years, I would go through spurts of John again and the fog would lift for certain passages……..I did have some “ah-ha” moments. This Living Word seems to change Continue reading