ISSL Reflections July 17 2022 John 12:44–50 Post 2

Let’s spend some time giving this passage a slow reading, paying attention to the contrasts Jesus sets before us.

John 12:44-50 (New Revised Standard Version)

Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”

Contrasts – What did you notice?

believes – believes not
light – dark
judge – not judge

What else?

Do these contrasts help (or even hinder) how you understand (or want to understand) salvation?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *