He who comes from above is above all.


In today’s first reading we meet and hear Peter and the apostles saying to the high priest and the Sanhedrin that ‘It was the God of our ancestors who raised up Jesus to be leader and savior. We are witnesses to this.’ Just think about that. Peter and the apostles who failed Jesus at the time of his passion and death are now speaking from their experience and, we might add, from their hearts. They have known and continue to know the One who means everything to them, and now they want others to know Jesus and to understand that ‘the Father has entrusted everything to him.’
God’s truth has consequences and He gives us the freedom to choose how we will respond. The choice He gives us has eternal consequences – everlasting life or everlasting death. God challenged His people in the Old Covenant, and He issues the same challenge to the people of the New Covenant today. Do you weigh the consequences of your choices? Do they lead you towards life or towards death? If you choose to obey God’s voice and to do His will, then you will know and experience that life which comes from God Himself. If you choose to follow your own way apart from God and His will, then you choose for death – a spiritual death which poisons and then kills the soul until there is nothing left but an empty person devoid of love, truth, goodness, purity, peace, and joy.

In the Gospel, we read that “He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth: He that comes from heaven is above all. And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no man receives His testimony. He that has received His testimony has set to his seal that God is true.”
Sometimes we feel trapped by all the pressures and stresses of life. All we can see are our problems, our struggles, our challenges. We feel like we are drowning in a sea of trials. It’s so hard to look above all the things that are pressing on us, demanding our immediate attention!
But Jesus is from above, and is above all. He has the serenity that comes from divine perspective, overseeing the raging sea of human emotions. He sees our beginning and our end, the whole sweep of our existence.
Yes, the Lord is above all, but that doesn’t mean He is removed from our lives or indifferent to our struggles. Jesus walked this earth and faced hard¬ship and struggle Himself. He was deeply familiar with the fluctuations of human emotions, but He never lost His perspective. He never forgot His mission—or that His Father was always with Him. And even today, He looks down on us with compassion and concern.

Lord, I believe that you will give me your wisdom and guidance—a wisdom that sees much farther than I ever could on my own. Thank you, Lord, for lifting me out of my earth¬bound perspective and opening heaven to me!

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