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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Wednesday 4th of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 12,44-50): Jesus declared publicly: «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 not spoken on my own authority; the Father who sent me has instructed me in what to say and how to speak (…)».

He who sees the Son, sees the Father

+ Fr. Antoni ORIOL i Tataret (Vic, Barcelona, Spain)

Today, we read that to believe in Jesus and to see Him is to believe in, and see, the Father. If the text would only say: “he, who believes in Me, does not believe in Me”, it would be contradictory. If it would say: “He, who believes in me, believes in the One who sent me”, it would entail both Jesus and the Father who sends Him, and it would be very clear.

Thus, why does Jesus places in a negative assertion (“does not believe in Me”) which, to start with, hinders the correct understanding of the message? The answer is: because Jesus, even though He is not different than the Father, He is indeed diverse from Him: we are actually facing one of the expressions of the Trinitarian mystery. Consequently, while Jesus, at the same time, is not the Father (He is the Son), is the same than the Father (He is God) and He is a creature as we are (He is man).

—O Lord, give me a strong faith and a totally loving empathy to love you as a perfect man, as the saint of God.

Merry Christmas and happy new year 2021 in the Lord God

The evangeli.net Team