Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Reflection by Kathy Mallery Schober
Today's Gospel: John 5:31-37
John the Baptist is described by Jesus as a “burning and shining lamp.” That seemingly redundant phrase struck me. And then, it struck me as not so redundant after all.
We can burn with the love of God and fail to manifest His light in our words and deeds. In this case our burning simply fuels ourselves, but that fire does not give of itself to warm or illumine others. Christians are called to do more than just burn. We are called to shine.
Jesus then explains that His works give His testimony:
“But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.” John 5:36.
We often hear James 2:17 quoted when the topic of good works as evidence of faith comes up. This reminds us that good works are the certain and inevitable outflowing of a dynamic faith.
Today’s Gospel tells us that Jesus Himself pointed to His own works as testament to the Father. So too are our works. Let us be like John the Baptist – both burning and shining.
Let us be like Jesus -- both intentional and aware that our works must testify of God. Our works must testify of Love.
If I were to present my deeds today as testimony of my faith, would they be convincing?
Holy Spirit, today please help me to both burn and shine with the fire of Your love. Jesus, help me to live in a way that points to the Father.
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Kathy Mallery Schober directs Faith Formation, catechizing for over 25 years, and holds a graduate degree in education. As a public speaker and educator, she has earned awards for her work with families and children. Kathy Mallery Schober created the Domestic Church channel, creating and posting videos to enrich Catholic homes. She also shares reflections on 8th Station: Women Disciples.