Monday 8 April

Today is Monday the 8 April, in the Fifth week of Lent.   

The Sons of Korah perform a setting of Psalm 128, “Blessed is the one who fears the Lord, the one who walks in the Lord’s ways.”  

There is the feel of legal disputation to this encounter between Jesus and the Pharisees about ‘testimony’ and ‘judgement’.  But Jesus tells them, “You judge by human standards; I judge no one.”   Ironic, perhaps, that the one who is in the best position to judge, the one who sees to the heart, is the one who refrains from pronouncing judgement.  Are there situations where I tend to ‘judge by human standards’, or do I refrain from pronouncing judgement on people?     

Jesus also says, “I know where I have come from and where I am going”.  That’s quite a self-confident kind of statement.  Is it one that I can make about myself?  Do I have a strong sense of where I come from, and a clear idea of where I’m going?  

It’s a recurring theme of John’s gospel to describe Jesus as a light shining in the darkness.  Can I picture him now – the light of the world, the light of life – as I hear his words again?  

What do I want to say now to Jesus?  Perhaps I have something to say about judging, or about where I am going?  Perhaps there is some area of darkness in my life that I want him to shed light on.  Whatever is on my mind, whatever is in my heart, I say it to the Lord, now.