In today's Gospel reading John testifies to Jesus, but the voice
is that of John the Evangelist rather than that of John the Baptizer.
He calls for belief not so much in what Jesus says or does but in the person,
the complete person, of Jesus the Christ or, as he refers to him here, the
The entire Gospel of John centers on this act of faith, for in this Gospel
Jesus offers very little in the way of specific moral precepts or insights:
he indicates that we must cling to this Person and trust ourselves to the
love that God has revealed in going so far as to send his Son to be one of
us. John calls us to an abandonment of self, a trust that places us
in the Father's heart and hands right along with Jesus even if it leads us
to death to this world. Incarnate divinity is the ultimate heresy to
the Jews, but to believers it is the ultimate in loving care.
This abandonment of self is not a matter of earthly wisdom: "The one who
is of the earth is earthly, and he speaks on an earthly plane." The
One who comes from above calls us to something beyond earthly values and
reasoning, not to a lack of morality but that surrender to trust in love
that leaves the merely reasonable far behind. It is a wisdom that calls
us to allow the Spirit to fill us and to unstintingly share the riches we
have from the Father through the Son and his Spirit.