From today’s Gospel, from St John: ‘So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me. And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.”’
St Augustine commented: ‘We have spoken to you on the preceding passage, suggesting how the Father may be understood as True, and the Son as the Truth. But when the Lord Jesus said, He that sent me is true, the Jews understood not that He spoke to them of the Father. And He said to them, as you have just heard in the reading, “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am, and [that] I do nothing of myself; but as the Father has taught me, I speak these things”. What means this? For it looks as if all He said was, that they would know who He was after His passion. … It was as if He had said, ‘I let your recognition lie over till I have completed my passion: in your own order you shall know who I am’. … But the lifting up He is speaking of is that of His passion, not of His glorification; of the cross, not of heaven; for He was exalted there also when He hung on the tree’.
The phrase ‘I AM’ stands out in this passage, and we are to understand it as we understand the great ‘I am’ sayings of St John’s Gospel. May we too do what is pleasing to Him, and may God bless you this day with His presence.