29The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ 30Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ 33He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

I am better equipped to live in harmony with “Life” when I know that “the ruler of this world” has been “driven out”. When the voices of accusation and condemnation are silenced for a moment, I am free to live in tune with the unity of all being that Jesus came to reveal.

In Jesus’ death, “all people” whether they acknowledge it or not, have been drawn to the light and truth that he embodied (v. 32). Jesus bore testimony to the eternal light that lives at the heart of every human being.

It is undoubtedly one of the great tragedies of human history that the force of love which Jesus unleashed in the world has so often been used to harm and separate, rather than heal and reconcile.

The death and resurrection of Jesus aimed to bring all humankind to that place within ourselves where we are able to affirm “Life”. Jesus sought to embody the truth that we are all one because we all bear the gift of “Life”.

The gift that is “Life” cannot be earned; it does not depend upon merit or talent. It is a gratuitous gift, extravagantly sown (Matthew 13:1-9), bearing abundant fruit wherever it is received.

I wonder why, I so often rush to separation and distinction rather than resting in the beautiful truth of that one gift of “Life” we all share.

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What helps me to see the “Life” that is manifest in all forms of “life”?

Historiated initial D depicting Christ’s entry into Jerusalem 1350