• Naomi Mannino



Gospel 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.


“Then each went to his own house.”

As I read this Gospel, I am reminded of hens in a henhouse. Chickens are social animals, not known for their brains. They have some survival instincts and habits. In their prime, they are daily life producers. They know how to eat, drink and where to lay their eggs. They will roost in the evening, returning to their home.

In the Gospel, each person voices their opinion disseminating the work of Christ and his background, just like hens clucking out their own tune as they peck their way around the yard. They stir the dangerous pot of gossip, remaining unsettled by the end of the day. Nicodemus is the only one to have a head on his shoulders, throwing out a little common sense reminding the authorities of their protocol. No one seems to have an answer and the chief priests remain adamant about misinformation.

Today, we should be careful sorting all the Covid 19 information swirling around the globe. Let us keep in mind, God is still amongst this division and uncertainty. He continues to love the entire world throughout all times. He is faithful and has the ultimate authority. As we sit in our own home, we should all pray to the One in control, making sure we have Jesus with us.

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