FRIDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT MARCH 27, 2020
A reading of the holy Gospel according to John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, “Is he not the one they are trying to kill? And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him. Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ? But we know where he is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.” So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.
REFLECTION: "But we know where he is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”
The people just did not understand Jesus: they did not understand his actions and his ways. They murmured a lot. They had their own fixed ideas about certain things. Has that ever happened to us? Sometimes we don't impress people --could it be because of our clothing, ethnicity, appearance, accent, height, weight or where we are from? Quick judgments lead to stereotyping and prejudices. Many have negative images of others because of incomplete and narrow-minded perspectives.
Are we close minded to Jesus because of our preconceived notions or because of negative teachings by others? Jesus does not deny who He is. In fact He tells us over and over that He comes from God , He knows God and God sent Him. Jesus told them that He was the Son of God. But, the people just won't accept Him. "But we know where he is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”Do we know and believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Will our pride deny Jesus' true identity?
Jesus invites us to join Him as adopted sons and daughters of the Father. Step outside our little world, like the little prince teaching us to appreciate lives through the eyes of a child, when we were not yet narrow minded or judgemental and listen to Jesus.
God Bless You.