For the next two weeks, Anne O’Brien, Leader of Mission, and Tony Worner, Leader of Formation, will fill in for Fr Paul to present our Gospel Reflections.Today, Tony reads from the Gospel of John (8: 21-30) in which Jesus tells the Jews ‘I am going away, you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come’. Tony says in this scene, Jesus is still in the Temple where he engaged with the woman caught in adultery, the Gospel story we heard on Sunday. He is still addressing the Pharisees. When unpacking stories in John’s Gospel, scholars talk about the seven “I am” sayings of Jesus – I am the Bread of Life, I am the Light of the World, I am the Door, I am the Good Shepherd, I am the Resurrection and the Life, I am the Way, and the truth and the life, I am the Vine. On one level all these sayings are simplistic in their understanding, the use of language helps us know what Jesus is saying. On another level, they are equally as mysterious. Today, Jesus says “I am He” (twice) referring that he is from and of the Father (God). And yet the Pharisees fail to understand. Tony’s question for our reflection is… Do we?
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