Reflection by Kathy Mallery Schober
Today's Gospel: John 12:44-50
“The body, in fact, and only the body, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine. It has been created to transfer into the visible reality of the world the mystery hidden from eternity in God, and thus to be a sign of it.”
These words from St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (19:4) came to mind as I read today’s Gospel. Jesus tells us that when we see His body and the actions He performs, we see the Father. When we hear the words that come from the mouth of Jesus, we hear the words the Father commanded Him to speak.
In much the same way, we are to be visible realities of God’s presence in the world. That is a humbling and challenging responsibility!
There is story of a child who attended Faith Formation class in the morning and seemed deep in thought later that day. Her mother asked her what was on her mind. “Well, last week our catechist told us that God is so great that His presence fills the whole universe. Then, this week, our catechist told us that God is inside each of us. So, I was thinking. If I am so small… and God is so big… and He lives inside me… Shouldn’t He show through?”
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Do those who see me, see the One who sent me? Do those who hear me, hear what the Father, Who sent me, has commanded me to say?
Heavenly Father, may our actions and our words serve as signs of Your Divine Mystery in this world. May we allow You to “show through”, making us visible signs of Your love.
Copyright 2020 Kathy Mallery Schober
Kathy Mallery Schober currently serves as Director of Religious Education for her home parish. Kathy has a Masters of Art in Teaching and has been an active catechist for 24 years. She has earned awards for her work in character education, storytelling, children’s television performance and community involvement.
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