Thoughts and Reflection
In today’s reading, we see that many of us may not follow Jesus. We hesitate to do what is difficult at times. Today we see Jesus’ miracles are signs — these signs are posting to Jesus’ identity. Jesus goes on to say and make it clear who he is. In John 8:58 he says “before Abraham was, I am”. Jesus makes it clear that he’s just not another prophet, rather he is equal to God himself.
Anyone can claim to be the Messiah, but Jesus says who he is and proves it by the signs (miracles) he performs.
In Proverbs today we read about advice given to a son on the kind of woman he should marry. It is also general advice about the kind of people we should associate with. We should associate ourselves with people who have depth and character.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 After this Jesus travelled round Galilee; he could not travel round Judaea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him.
2 As the Jewish feast of Shelters drew near,
3 his brothers said to him, ‘Leave this place and go to Judaea, so that your disciples, too, can see the works you are doing;
4 no one who wants to be publicly known acts in secret; if this is what you are doing, you should reveal yourself to the world.’
5 Not even his brothers had faith in him.
6 Jesus answered, ‘For me the right time has not come yet, but for you any time is the right time.
7 The world cannot hate you, but it does hate me, because I give evidence that its ways are evil.
8 Go up to the festival yourselves: I am not going to this festival, because for me the time is not ripe yet.’
9 Having said that, he stayed behind in Galilee.
10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went up as well, not publicly but secretly.
11 At the festival the Jews were on the look-out for him: ‘Where is he?’ they said.
12 There was a great deal of talk about him in the crowds. Some said, ‘He is a good man’; others, ‘No, he is leading the people astray.’
13 Yet no one spoke about him openly, for fear of the Jews.
14 When the festival was half over, Jesus went to the Temple and began to teach.
15 The Jews were astonished and said, ‘How did he learn to read? He has not been educated.’
16 Jesus answered them: ‘My teaching is not from myself: it comes from the one who sent me;
17 anyone who is prepared to do his will, will know whether my teaching is from God or whether I speak on my own account.
18 When someone speaks on his own account, he is seeking honour for himself; but when he is seeking the honour of the person who sent him, then he is true and altogether without dishonesty.
19 Did not Moses give you the Law? And yet not one of you keeps the Law! ‘Why do you want to kill me?’
20 The crowd replied, ‘You are mad! Who wants to kill you?’
21 Jesus answered, ‘One work I did, and you are all amazed at it.
22 Moses ordered you to practise circumcision — not that it began with him, it goes back to the patriarchs — and you circumcise on the Sabbath.
23 Now if someone can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses is not broken, why are you angry with me for making someone completely healthy on a Sabbath?
24 Do not keep judging according to appearances; let your judgement be according to what is right.’
25 Meanwhile some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, ‘Isn’t this the man they want to kill?
26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they have nothing to say to him! Can it be true the authorities have recognised that he is the Christ?
27 Yet we all know where he comes from, but when the Christ appears no one will know where he comes from.’
28 Then, as Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he cried out: You know me and you know where I came from. Yet I have not come of my own accord: but he who sent me is true; You do not know him,
29 but I know him because I have my being from him and it was he who sent me.
30 They wanted to arrest him then, but because his hour had not yet come no one laid a hand on him.
31 There were many people in the crowds, however, who believed in him; they were saying, ‘When the Christ comes, will he give more signs than this man has?’
32 Hearing that talk like this about him was spreading among the people, the Pharisees sent the Temple guards to arrest him.
33 Then Jesus said: For a short time I am with you still; then I shall go back to the one who sent me.
34 You will look for me and will not find me; where I am you cannot come.
35 So the Jews said to one another, ‘Where is he intending to go that we shall not be able to find him? Is he intending to go abroad to the people who are dispersed among the Greeks and to teach the Greeks?
36 What does he mean when he says: “You will look for me and will not find me; where I am, you cannot come?” ‘
37 On the last day, the great day of the festival, Jesus stood and cried out: ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me!
38 Let anyone who believes in me come and drink! As scripture says, “From his heart shall flow streams of living water.” ‘
39 He was speaking of the Spirit which those who believed in him were to receive; for there was no Spirit as yet because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
40 Some of the crowd who had been listening said, ‘He is indeed the prophet,’
41 and some said, ‘He is the Christ,’ but others said, ‘Would the Christ come from Galilee?
42 Does not scripture say that the Christ must be descended from David and come from Bethlehem, the village where David was?’
43 So the people could not agree about him.
44 Some wanted to arrest him, but no one actually laid a hand on him.
45 The guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees who said to them, ‘Why haven’t you brought him?’
46 The guards replied, ‘No one has ever spoken like this man.’
47 ‘So,’ the Pharisees answered, ‘you, too, have been led astray?
48 Have any of the authorities come to believe in him? Any of the Pharisees?
49 This rabble knows nothing about the Law — they are damned.’
50 One of them, Nicodemus — the same man who had come to Jesus earlier — said to them,
51 ‘But surely our Law does not allow us to pass judgement on anyone without first giving him a hearing and discovering what he is doing?’
52 To this they answered, ‘Are you a Galilean too? Go into the matter, and see for yourself: prophets do not arise in Galilee.’
53 They all went home,
1 and Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At daybreak he appeared in the Temple again; and as all the people came to him, he sat down and began to teach them.
3 The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman along who had been caught committing adultery; and making her stand there in the middle
4 they said to Jesus, ‘Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery,
5 and in the Law Moses has ordered us to stone women of this kind. What have you got to say?’
6 They asked him this as a test, looking for an accusation to use against him. But Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger.
7 As they persisted with their question, he straightened up and said, ‘Let the one among you who is guiltless be the first to throw a stone at her.’
8 Then he bent down and continued writing on the ground.
9 When they heard this they went away one by one, beginning with the eldest, until the last one had gone and Jesus was left alone with the woman, who remained in the middle.
10 Jesus again straightened up and said, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’
11 ‘No one, sir,’ she replied. ‘Neither do I condemn you,’ said Jesus. ‘Go away, and from this moment sin no more.’
12 When Jesus spoke to the people again, he said: I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the light of life.
13 At this the Pharisees said to him, ‘You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not true.’
14 Jesus replied: Even though I am testifying on my own behalf, my testimony is still true, because I know where I have come from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.
15 You judge by human standards; I judge no one,
16 but if I judge, my judgement will be true, because I am not alone: the one who sent me is with me;
17 and in your Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.
18 I testify on my own behalf, but the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf, too.
19 They asked him, ‘Where is your Father then?’ Jesus answered: You do not know me, nor do you know my Father; if you did know me, you would know my Father as well.
20 He spoke these words in the Treasury, while teaching in the Temple. No one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
21 Again he said to them: I am going away; you will look for me and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.
22 So the Jews said to one another, ‘Is he going to kill himself, that he says, “Where I am going, you cannot come?” ‘
23 Jesus went on: You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
24 I have told you already: You will die in your sins. Yes, if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.
25 So they said to him, ‘Who are you?’ Jesus answered: What I have told you from the outset.
26 About you I have much to say and much to judge; but the one who sent me is true, and what I declare to the world I have learnt from him.
27 They did not recognise that he was talking to them about the Father.
28 So Jesus said: When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing of my own accord. What I say is what the Father has taught me;
29 he who sent me is with me, and has not left me to myself, for I always do what pleases him.
30 As he was saying this, many came to believe in him.
31 To the Jews who believed in him Jesus said: If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples;
32 you will come to know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
33 They answered, ‘We are descended from Abraham and we have never been the slaves of anyone; what do you mean, “You will be set free?” ‘
34 Jesus replied: In all truth I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave.
35 Now a slave has no permanent standing in the household, but a son belongs to it for ever.
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.
37 I know that you are descended from Abraham; but you want to kill me because my word finds no place in you.
38 What I speak of is what I have seen at my Father’s side, and you too put into action the lessons you have learnt from your father.
39 They repeated, ‘Our father is Abraham.’ Jesus said to them: If you are Abraham’s children, do as Abraham did.
40 As it is, you want to kill me, a man who has told you the truth as I have learnt it from God; that is not what Abraham did.
41 You are doing your father’s work. They replied, ‘We were not born illegitimate, the only father we have is God.’
42 Jesus answered: If God were your father, you would love me, since I have my origin in God and have come from him; I did not come of my own accord, but he sent me.
43 Why do you not understand what I say? Because you cannot bear to listen to my words.
44 You are from your father, the devil, and you prefer to do what your father wants. He was a murderer from the start; he was never grounded in the truth; there is no truth in him at all. When he lies he is speaking true to his nature, because he is a liar, and the father of lies.
45 But it is because I speak the truth that you do not believe me.
46 Can any of you convict me of sin? If I speak the truth, why do you not believe me?
47 Whoever comes from God listens to the words of God; the reason why you do not listen is that you are not from God.
48 The Jews replied, ‘Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and possessed by a devil?’ Jesus answered:
49 I am not possessed; but I honour my Father, and you deny me honour.
50 I do not seek my own glory; there is someone who does seek it and is the judge of it.
51 In all truth I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.
52 The Jews said, ‘Now we know that you are possessed. Abraham is dead, and the prophets are dead, and yet you say, “Whoever keeps my word will never know the taste of death.”
53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? The prophets are dead too. Who are you claiming to be?’
54 Jesus answered: If I were to seek my own glory my glory would be worth nothing; in fact, my glory is conferred by the Father, by the one of whom you say, ‘He is our God,’
55 although you do not know him. But I know him, and if I were to say, ‘I do not know him,’ I should be a liar, as you yourselves are. But I do know him, and I keep his word.
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to think that he would see my Day; he saw it and was glad.
57 The Jews then said, ‘You are not fifty yet, and you have seen Abraham!’
58 Jesus replied: In all truth I tell you, before Abraham ever was, I am.
59 At this they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself and left the Temple.
1 As he went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.
2 His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should have been born blind?’
3 ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus answered, ‘he was born blind so that the works of God might be revealed in him.
4 ‘As long as day lasts we must carry out the work of the one who sent me; the night will soon be here when no one can work.
5 As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world.’
6 Having said this, he spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man,
7 and said to him, ‘Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam’ (the name means ‘one who has been sent’). So he went off and washed and came back able to see.
8 His neighbours and the people who used to see him before (for he was a beggar) said, ‘Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?’
9 Some said, ‘Yes, it is the same one.’ Others said, ‘No, but he looks just like him.’ The man himself said, ‘Yes, I am the one.’
10 So they said to him, ‘Then how is it that your eyes were opened?’
11 He answered, ‘The man called Jesus made a paste, daubed my eyes with it and said to me, “Go off and wash at Siloam”; so I went, and when I washed I gained my sight.’
12 They asked, ‘Where is he?’ He answered, ‘I don’t know.’
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind.
14 It had been a Sabbath day when Jesus made the paste and opened the man’s eyes,
15 so when the Pharisees asked him how he had gained his sight, he said, ‘He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.’
16 Then some of the Pharisees said, ‘That man cannot be from God: he does not keep the Sabbath.’ Others said, ‘How can a sinner produce signs like this?’ And there was division among them.
17 So they spoke to the blind man again, ‘What have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?’ The mananswered, ‘He is a prophet.’
18 However, the Jews would not believe that the man had been blind without first sending for the parents of the man who had gained his sight and
19 asking them, ‘Is this man really the son of yours who you say was born blind? If so, how is it that he is now able to see?’
20 His parents answered, ‘We know he is our son and we know he was born blind,
21 but how he can see, we don’t know, nor who opened his eyes. Ask him. He is old enough: let him speak for himself.’
22 His parents spoke like this out of fear of the Jews, who had already agreed to ban from the synagogue anyone who should acknowledge Jesus as the Christ.
23 This was why his parents said, ‘He is old enough; ask him.’
24 So the Jews sent for the man again and said to him, ‘Give glory to God! We are satisfied that this man is a sinner.’
25 The man answered, ‘Whether he is a sinner I don’t know; all I know is that I was blind and now I can see.’
26 They said to him, ‘What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?’
27 He replied, ‘I have told you once and you wouldn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it all again? Do you want to become his disciples yourselves?’
28 At this they hurled abuse at him, ‘It is you who are his disciple, we are disciples of Moses:
29 we know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this man, we don’t know where he comes from.’
30 The man replied, ‘That is just what is so amazing! You don’t know where he comes from and he has opened my eyes!
31 We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but God does listen to people who are devout and do his will.
32 Ever since the world began it is unheard of for anyone to open the eyes of someone born blind;
33 if this man were not from God, he wouldn’t have been able to do anything.’
34 They retorted, ‘Are you trying to teach us, and you a sinner through and through ever since you were born!’ And they ejected him.
35 Jesus heard they had ejected him, and when he found him he said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of man?’
36 ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.’
37 Jesus said, ‘You have seen him; he is speaking to you.’
38 The man said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and worshipped him.
39 Jesus said: It is for judgement that I have come into this world, so that those without sight may see and those with sight may become blind.
40 Hearing this, some Pharisees who were present said to him, ‘So we are blind, are we?’
41 Jesus replied: If you were blind, you would not be guilty, but since you say, ‘We can see,’ your guilt remains.
15 Drink the water from your own storage-well, fresh water from your own spring.
16 Even if your fountains overflow outside, your streams of water in the public squares:
17 let them be for you alone, and not for strangers with you.
18 May your fountain-head be blessed! Find joy with the wife you married in your youth,
19 fair as a hind, graceful as a fawn: hers the breasts that ever fill you with delight, hers the love that ever holds you captive.
20 Why be seduced, my son, by someone else’s wife, and fondle the breast of a woman who belongs to another?
21 For the eyes of Yahweh observe human ways, and survey all human paths.
22 The wicked is snared in his own misdeeds, is caught in the meshes of his own sin.
23 For want of discipline, he dies, led astray by his own excessive folly.