John 5:24-26, 37-40
24Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.
25Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; 37And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, 38and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent.
39You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. 40Yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
"If it seems too good to be true, it probably isn't." Did you ever hear that from a parent or a friend? Especially if they thought you were going to do something that was less than a sure thing? In today's reading from John, the Jews are trying to wrap their heads around Jesus' claim that he is the Son of God. They are already unhappy that Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath. They worry that Jesus is getting out of control-their control. He is not following the rules-their rules! Jesus, the Son of God? No! It's just too good (or too crazy) to be true! They are blinded by their limited understanding and ambition. Jesus tells them (and us) that they study the scriptures searching for eternal life, but refuse to come to HIM to have life. Now, I love books about prayer, meditation, and scripture-all the spiritual classics. But too often it is far easier for me to read about Jesus than it is to open myself up to Jesus. Like the Jews of Jesus' day, I would rather keep him in MY control, rather than be open to HIS control over me. And so, I try once again to let go of what the world thinks is "too good to be true," and instead go to Jesus, stripped of my illusions. For in Jesus is where I find life.
Dear Jesus, remind me to seek YOU when I become too busy doing, reading, or searching for the life you have already given to me. Amen.
Bells of Glory Director