Friendship with Jesus - Priceless: Family Reflection Video
In today’s gospel from John, Jesus is speaking to a group of Jews, his own people. But, like us at times, though they had heard his teachings and seen his works—they struggle to believe that He is the Son of God.
In this gospel, Jesus references the use of Scripture. The Jewish people are searching for answers and proof in Scripture. Jesus addresses this when he says:
“You search the Scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. But, you do not want to come to me to have life.”
The goal of every believer in God is to have eternal life, but Jesus is making the point that whether it is John the Baptist, or any other prophet, or the Word of God - they all point to what Jesus claims: that He is the Son of God, the one promised, and the source of eternal life. They don’t have to look any further. We don't have to look any further.
We may live in a time many years past this encounter of Jesus with the Jewish people, but we too, have spiritual questions to face. And at times we can drift, even to the point of placing our trust in things other than God.
Just like the Israelites that Moses had to correct, at times we need to take a look at what we adore. Are we looking where we should?
Is it God first, or do we place our trust in our bank account, the stock market, power or ability to control things and people? Do we make gods out of our recreation: movies, sports, music, or art?
Do we look to some celebrity or guru, or even our technology?
I think today’s gospel is a good reminder to put down our devices or other things, long enough to pay attention to the same Jesus who is speaking to us now, and is present at every Mass.
Jesus wants to listen to our questions and needs in our times of prayer, including our family prayer.
When we read and reflect on Scripture, the Word of God, it helps not just to look for what we want to hear, but to go into the scenes, asking the Holy Spirit to guide us and to find God’s will.
We can also, try to imagine ourselves actually in these moments - both listening to and talking with Jesus.
How we live the rest of this Lenten Season can be fulfilling and fruitful, if we take the time to reflect, pray, and humbly make the time to be with Jesus in private and with our families.
May God bless you and your families this holy day!
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About Father David Marcham
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!