(Seventh Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, May 28, 2017.
Anyone who aspires to eternal life must first have life here on earth. And that life has existed since “before the world began” (John 17:5). That is the life we share with God who has “authority over all people so that he may give eternal life to all” (John 17:2).
Life vs. death.
God makes himself a man in Jesus in order to give us his life – Yes, eternal life! But, anyone who brings life to the world will find himself in opposition to a world ruled by death: “Father the hour has come” (John 17:1), the hour when the world displays its power. The power it uses so well: death.
And so it happens that the one who brings life is killed, only to rise from the dead and restore the imperishable life that comes from God. God glorifies those who restore life with the glory that has been in him since “before the world began” (John 17:1, 5).
How do we pursue God’s eternal life?
We pursue God’s eternal life “by accomplishing the work that [God gives us] to do” (John 17:4). That is to say, by forgiving our enemies, by blessing those who curse us, by doing good to those who do us wrong, by freeing the oppressed, and by respecting one another.
No one who is in sincere pursuit of eternal life can exclude himself from doing the works of God.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)