Numbers 21:4-9 ● John 8:21-30
Then he went over the same ground again. “I’m leaving and you are going to look for me, but you’re missing God in this and are headed for a dead end. There is no way you can come with me.”
The Jews said, “So, is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by ‘You can’t come with me’?” Jesus said, “You’re tied down to the mundane; I’m in touch with what is beyond your horizons. You live in terms of what you see and touch. I’m living on other terms. I told you that you were missing God in all this. You’re at a dead end. If you won’t believe I am who I say I am, you’re at the dead end of sins. You’re missing God in your lives.”
When Jesus speaks in John’s gospel it can sometimes be maddening to try to make sense of what he wants us to understand. He speaks on the symbolic level, so trying to understand him on the literal level, like “the Jews” in this passage, will only leave us confused. Jesus asks them, and us, for trust in things beyond what we can see and touch. This is faith he’s calling us to, because if we can see and touch it, it wouldn’t be faith.
Sometimes we get so distraught because we are not able to see or feel Jesus’ presence but we don’t realize we’re looking in the wrong place. Might Jesus be in plain sight in some other part of your life where you’ve not thought to look? Pray to have your eyes opened to where he is and how he is present to you now.
Reprinted with permission. For more information about this booklet and Bible translation, please see TheMessageCatholic.com.