Acts 12:24-13:5
John 12:44-50


Our Gospel today is Jesus’ last public discourse before his death and resurrection. In this final discourse to the crowds, he passionately raised his voice and issued one last call to faith. Jesus emphasized the themes of all his previous preaching in John. It included a reminder of his teaching, a challenge to decide, a warning to those who decided against him and a promise to those who decided for him.

Jesus’ oneness with the Father is clearly exhibited in his words. To see Jesus, the Word of God who became flesh (John 1), is to see God in visible form. To hear the words of Jesus is to hear the voice of God. He is the very light of God that has power to overcome the darkness of sin, ignorance, and unbelief. God’s light and truth brings healing, pardon, and transformation. This light is for all.

Jesus warns that if we refuse to listen to his word, if we choose to ignore it or to take it very lightly, then we choose to remain in darkness.

Jesus made it clear that he did not come to condemn us, but rather to bring us abundant life and freedom from the oppression of sin and a world in opposition to God’s truth and goodness.

Jesus came and light up our world. Jesus’ light leads to understanding and enlightenment. It leads to hope, direction and truth. But how do we become bearers of light?

Joanne McGrath is a parishioner of St Brigid’s Marrickville and a Passionist Companion.

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