A reading from the gospel according to John 5:17-30:
17 Jesus answered the Jews: “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.”
18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.
19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for what he does, the Son will do also.
20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed.
21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes.
22 Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to the Son,
23 so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
24 Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life.
25 Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to the Son the possession of life in himself.
27 And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
28 Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice
29 and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation.
30 “I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”
Reflection: Like Father Like Son
The will of God for you and for me is to love Him as our Father and to love one another as we love ourselves. It is His will that we treat one another as one family. Jesus is the ultimate exemplar on how we should relate to God as our Father in heaven and also to our earthly father. Out of love, Jesus was obedient to the will of His Father even if it meant death on the cross. So the Father bestowed on Him glory and power including the power to exercise judgment.
Jesus was the beloved perfect Son who offered Himself as the sacrificial lamb so that anyone who sees Him has already seen the Father. That is why there is no other way to the Father except His way (John 14:6) and to reject Him means rejecting the Father who sent Him (Luke 10:16).
When we decided to follow Jesus, we too become the sons and daughters of His Father (Romans 8:16, 2 Corinthians 6:18). Thus, it is important to continually refer to Jesus regarding our relationship with God our Father. Are we as obedient as Jesus? Do we always seek the Father’s will in all decisions we make? Do we really reflect the image of our Father in heaven?
Yet even as we believed that we are sons and daughters of God, there are many times when it is difficult to decipher what is God’s will for our individual lives especially in difficult moments. We can only trust that the promised counselor, the Holy Spirit, will be there to help us. Through constant prayer, fasting and reading and reflecting on scriptural passages, we will come to know what God has in store for us. He Himself had promised that if we seek Him with all our heart, we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13).