Gospel Reflection- Wednesday 4th week of Easter (11 May 2022) – Jesus came to save not judge
Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of John (12: 44-50) in which Jesus declared publicly ‘Whoever believes in me believes not in me, but in the one who sent me’.
Fr Paul says the whole of the Gospel of John can be broken in to two halves. One you would call the Book of Signs and the other the Book of Glory. The Gospel we hear today marks the very end of the Book of Signs and it sums up the whole ministry of Jesus. It brings together the various sayings that were said on various occasions. It touches on the major themes of the teaching of Jesus which have been prominent since Easter. We hear of dark and light. We hear of judge and save. We hear of reject and believe.
The summary begins and ends with the unity of the Father and Jesus, their unity of purpose. Jesus underlines that the purpose of his mission is not to judge but to save the world and that the condition of salvation is to believe in him. The conditions for salvation in John, then, are faith and love.
For our reflection today, Fr Paul invites us to think about the statement that Jesus has come not to judge the world, but to save it, and that the condition of salvation is to believe in him.