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SATURDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT APRIL 2, 2022





A reading of the holy Gospel according to Jn 7:40-53


Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, “This is truly the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?” The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.” So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.” Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them, “Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?” They answered and said to him, “You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.” Then each went to his own house.


REFLECTION

"Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee."


Many times the murmurings and gossip of people will confuscate the truth up to the point that there is not one verifiable, truthful statement that can be made. All different opinions, some well chronicled or researched and others just spoken because someone else said it can lead one to doubt the veracity of anything.


Such was the case of the murmurings of the crowds about Jesus. The Pharisees and the chief priests sent guards to arrest Him. No evidence just hearsay. The evidence was weak. Yet when the guards heard Him speaking, they refused to arrest because they heard straight from the Messiah and believed Him because "Never before has anyone spoken like this man".


Their bias against Galilee made any argument fall under its own weight. They did not believe in Jesus, did not believe the Messiah could have come from Galilee nor did they understand nor want to figure out the mystery of Jesus Christ.


Are we quick to judge? Do outward appearances affect our opinions of others? Does their point of origin cause us to think low or high of someone? Are we ready to make our own decisions about Jesus?


Read the Bible and learn His words and actions, attend PAPA FACEZBS (zoom bible study) on papamio.org, pray the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament and see for yourself that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah.


Convict us, O Holy Spirit, of Jesus Christ.


God Bless You

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