Father Alex Yeung, LC
The Jews picked
up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus answered them, "I
have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me?"
The Jews answered him, "We are not stoning you
for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a
man, are making yourself God." Jesus answered them, "Is it
not written in your law, ´I said, "You are
gods"´? If it calls them gods to whom the
word of God came, and scripture cannot be set aside,
can you say that the one whom the Father
has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because
I said, ´I am the Son of God´? If I
do not perform my Father´s works, do not believe
me; but if I perform them, even if you do
not believe me, believe the works, so that you
may realize and understand that the Father is in
me and I am in the Father." Then they tried
again to arrest him; but he escaped from their
power. He went back across the Jordan to the place
where John first baptized, and there he remained. Many
came to him and said, "John performed no sign,
but everything John said about this man was true."
And many there began to believe in him.
Lord, you are life and truth and goodness. You
are also peace and mercy. How grateful I am
to have this moment to turn to you. Without you
I can do nothing good. In fact, when I
do good, it is you working through me, despite my
failings. Thank you, Lord. Here I am ready to
love you more.
Petition: Lord, help me to put
my faith into action.
1. The Works Give Testimony: In
today’s Gospel reading, Jesus teaches us that our faith
is based not only on what God has promised,
but also on what he has done. Christ points to
his works as the basis for faith in him
as the Son: “Even if you do not believe me,
believe the works….” The greatest of all these works
is his resurrection from the dead, which we will
commemorate a few days from now. Works are always more
powerful than words. Words may convince the mind, but
works move the will to action – to decision.
Jesus still continues to do the works of the Father
today, especially in the Eucharist and in sacramental confession,
as well in the other sacraments. Do I see
these works as they really are – true actions of
Christ with the power to transform?
2. The World
Needs the Testimony of Holy Lives: We can never underestimate
the importance and the power of personal testimony in
today’s world. We are inundated with information and external
stimuli of all types. Words and images and slogans abound.
Yet against this cacophonous backdrop, the works of true
holiness speak louder than ever before. Pope Paul VI
said it best: “Contemporary man needs testimony more than
arguments.” In our personal case, do our works match our
words? Do our works speak for themselves of what
we profess? Or are we “all words and no works?”
3. Let Your Light Shine in the World so that
They Might Believe: God’s word has a special ability
to penetrate the human heart and conscience. We need to
trust the transforming ability of Scripture. When that word
is assimilated in the lives of believers, its power
is multiplied even more. The tremendous and even virulent
opposition Jesus meets at the hands of his adversaries cannot
keep others from believing in him. This mystery is
repeated over and over again in the life of
the Church. Where there is the greatest opposition to the
Gospel message, there are also the greatest conversions. “Where
sin abounds, grace abounds more abundantly,” (Romans 5:20) to
paraphrase Saint Paul. This proven truth should protect us
from discouragement in our own efforts to evangelize.
with Christ: >
I believe in you, Lord,
when I cast out my nets one and
one hundred times,
and I draw them
in wet, empty, almost broken.
I believe that you test
your chosen ones,
because when the seed is
sunk down into the earth
then it can
better take root in God.
I want to abandon
myself to you,
that you may place me near
as a seal on your heart.
will strive today to make my works match what I
profess to believe.