In today's Gospel reading from John 12, as the feast of Passover approached, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He recapitulated about himself: "Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me." I highlighted his words in red because their meaning is clear and are critically important for us to hear. Ignoring them is not a workable option. We must read them and make up our mind.
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