Brian’s Reflection: The Weekend, Sat, March 26, 2011
My food is to do the will of him who
sent me and to complete his work.
Jesus of Nazareth; in the reading from the Gospel
called “John”, chapter 4 [Lent III A RCL]
The full Reading can be found here: http://www.io.com/~kellywp/YearA_RCL/Lent/ALent3_RCL.html
This is Jesus’ Passion. The Passion of Jesus is not relegated to suffering. His Passion is about the core motivation of His Life. “To live the will of Him Who sent Me”.
In the Reading for this Sunday, Jesus tells His disciples that he does not need the food they offer; He tells them that He has food. “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
Jesus is speaking to us ….. to those of us who are seeking to be fully Human, to those of us who by happenstance of birth or of choice have made His Way our central path to the fullness, the completeness, of bring Human.
In His speaking to the woman of Samaria, Jesus is turning “conventional wisdom” upside down. He is witnessing to the God Who is not just the tribal god of the Israelites, but to all the human race. His disciples are shocked. Are we? I’m not. I’ve long ago heard Jesus’ radical Message ….. and I feel slight stirring of hope that in the midst of the increasing division in our World, this Message is being heard. Self-inflicted suffering is increasing, but I “see” a different path opening.
There is no god(dess) who punishes. Our future is our own responsibility. Including the character and nature of the essence of Being we create and call “God”.
“If you knew the gift of God.” Indeed; if we only “knew”!
Jesus is you and I. God is incarnate in you and in me. This is the core Mystery of the Gospel. If we would be fully Human, Jesus’ Passion must be our Passion.
Love, as I have loved.