Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, priest and doctor of the Church
Readings: NM 24:2-7, 15-17A; PS 25:4-5AB, 6 AND 7BC, 8-9; MT 21:23-27
Saint John of the Cross was a reformer. He offered reform by way of mystical commentaries.
May the Passion of Christ be always in our hearts.
I do not claim expertise in the mystical ways and poetry of Saint John of the Cross. Each of us on our journey get exposed to one or two different charisms to consider keeping. The first from your Mom? The second we choose.
The Passionists claim Saint John of the Cross founder. We are very fortunate to have our retreat center is actually run by the Passionists. In days gone by I would take my RCIA classes to the retreat center even for a quick tour to allow them to see a place of respite in the middle of this great megalopolis.
The Passionists have a gentle way of beaconing each person to conversion and help them in seeking the mercy of God and the vision of the face of God.
Who is John?
In today’s Gospel Jesus asks the question, “Do we, in fact, believe that John the Baptist came from God?” The chief priests and the elders were focused on the power they held.
By what power/authority do you, Jesus, speak?
Well, tell me, what authority did John the Baptist speak?
Of what does John speak?
John the Baptist speaks to the need for conversion as a primary spiritual goal.
We need conversion.
The second point (yes, second, not first) John made was once we acknowledge the need for conversion we need this Jesus who is the Lamb of God to see us through the initial conversion to a new way of life. Later to be known as The Way.
His question for us:
Jesus said to them in reply, “I shall ask you one question…
It is a dialog between you and Jesus. Trusting him to be truthful and faithful to his mercy.
Today and tomorrow we have an evening encounter with the Lamb of God. The framework is John the Baptist and his call to repentance with the invitation to continue your journey in grace through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Peace be with you,