6th Sunday of Easter

St. Pius X | News
24 May 2019

Jesus’ words to the disciples in today’s gospel reading must have had a sobering effect on them:  “They will put you out of the synagogues….kill you….because they have not known the Father or me.”  Their adversaries certainly knew about the Father, since their Scriptures told them plenty about God.  They also knew about Jesus, since they consistently spied on him.  But knowing about the Father or Jesus was not the same as knowing them.  When in John 17:3 Jesus says in prayer:  “…eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent, he does not have in mind knowing about you, the only true God, and about the one…” We know people by being with and interacting with them.  Parents do not study their children, any more than we study our friends, which would only lead to knowing about them.  We get to know others by being with and interacting with them.  The disciples had come to know Jesus by being with and interacting with him and so Jesus tells them: “…you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.”  As that knowing Jesus grew in them, their lives changed and thus their very living became a testimony to this close relationship.