But Jesus answered them, “My Father is still working, and I also am working.” For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God.
Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes.
The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Very 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.
“Very 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. For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; and he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and will come out—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.
“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
The Gospel passage today tells us that Jesus came to do his Father’s work. Jesus, then, not only works on behalf of his Father, but also reveals the Father to us in that work. What Jesus tells us about his Father is that our God is the God of life. God’s work is always focused on bringing life to the world. Even the dead will be raised to life. Jesus came so that all might have fullness of life This is the work that Jesus, as the Son, came to accomplish on behalf of the Father.
As disciples, we are also called to carry on this work for the sake of life. We might ask ourselves these questions about this mission of discipleship. How can I better bring fullness of life to the world today? Where in my life can I do a better job of choosing and nurturing life? What good deeds have I done to bring about the resurrection of life?
—Tom Weiler is a teacher in the department of Religious Studies and the moderator of Club Vinyl at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.
Lord Jesus, in all that you did and all that you are, you brought life into the world. May we follow in your ways and be disciples who bring life to others. As we walk this Lenten journey, help us to find ways to serve you, by serving our brothers and sisters. We pray this in your name. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
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