1st April

Publié le 31 Mars 2022

Gospel text

(Jn 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.

 

The Application

 

 

It is no longer a secret, and we can all recognise a person of faith by the way they discern, decide and act. They are different from others, because they know how to live in peace and quiet, despite the opposition of their opponents. They have multiple chances, are able to see in everything two ways of looking into, and have the courage to choose the best according to the divine will. Jesus' presence in Jerusalem helps us to understand this reasoning, not necessarily of a divine faculty rather purely of human, and his strength to face his adversaries, not by hiding, but in their courtyard, courageously. Enemies can trap a man of faith, yet God will protect and save him. This protection is visible only to the person of faith, and others deride and disperse.

 

Looking at Jesus, his contemporaries had the impression that they knew him. Unfortunately, they did not even recognise his humanity, his good works that saved the lives of many people. In our society too, we will see these kinds of people who do not listen to anyone and justify themselves as having all the truth. In the midst of these people, there is also another weakened and vulnerable community that needs our presence, our words and our charitable actions. Let us not be afraid, let us not abandon this people of God, and as the Holy Father tells us, let us not tire of doing good. God needs us to accomplish His salvific mission and Jesus has already proposed our names to the heavenly Father.

 

Action of the day:  Have courage and face your adversaries.

 

“His hour had not yet come”

 

Fr. Matthew J. ALBRIGHT

(Andover, Ohio, United States)

 

Today’s Gospel allows us to contemplate the confusion that arose over the identity and mission of Jesus Christ. As the people come face to face with Jesus, there are misunderstandings and presumptions about who He is, how He will or will not fulfill the Old Testament prophecies and what He will accomplish. Assumptions and judgments lead to frustration and anger. So it is in every age: confusion over faith in Christ and Church teaching sparks controversy and religious disintegration. The flock is scattered if the sheep do not know their shepherd.

The people say: “We know where this man comes from; but when the Christ appears, no one will know where He comes from” (Jn 7:27) and conclude that Jesus cannot be the Messiah because He does not fit the description of “Messiah” that they have been taught. On the other hand, they know that the Chief Priests want Him dead but can see that He is walking about freely without being arrested, so that wonder “Can it be that the rulers know that this is really the Christ?” (Jn 7:26).

Jesus cuts through the confusion by identifying Himself as “sent by the One who is true” (cf. Jn 7:28). He is in charge of the situation, as He is portrayed by John, and no one touches Him because the time has not yet come for Him to fully reveal His identity and mission. Jesus defies expectations by showing Himself to be, not a conquering leader overthrowing Roman oppression but the Suffering Servant of Isaiah.

Pope Francis wrote in “Evangelii Gaudium”: “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.” It is critical that we help everyone we meet to get beyond presumptions and judgments about who Jesus is and what the Church is and facilitate for them an encounter with Jesus. When a person comes to know who Jesus really is, joy and peace abound.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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