2nd April

Publié le 1 Avril 2022

Gospel text

(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.

 

The Application

 

I always say to people, learn to look at the right direction, from the right place, in the right time, at right orientation mental, then you will have the truth in its fullness. Otherwise, you will certainly have the truth, but you will end up in the opposite direction, standing against the same value that you hold in you, as something precious (which is so) and even accepted by God. How sad to end up in the opposition camp in total ignorance of having the truth in you!

 

Today's gospel presents us with a picture of today's society. Our society is also divided, for and against. Yet, in the same society, there are the Nicodemus, to awaken the consciousness of justice, a justice that man himself has established, for his own good. So, it is no longer a question of misunderstanding by the elites, but a total rejection of good and right, without wanting to dialogue or get along. They want to live in the past, without wanting to move towards the future. Many of us live in the same way, in the name of the common good.

 

 

 

The people in general, the soldiers and especially Nicodemus are the signs that God gives us daily. They still witness today, the existence of the true and the good in our society. Men of faith make us discover the divine presence and its works. Are you one among these people who orient the people of God towards the right direction? Let us ask the Lord for the grace, the grace of discernment, to choose everything according to his will and to be able to identify his works in our daily lives. There we will marvel like those soldiers, "Never has a man spoken like this man.

 

Action of the day: Have patience and don’t jump into conclusion.

 

“Never before has anyone spoken like this man.”

 

Fr. Fernand ARÉVALO

(Bruxelles, Belgium)

 

Today, the Gospel presents the different reactions, which the words of our Lord produced. John's text does not offer us any word from the Master, but it does mention the consequences of what He said. Some thought He was a prophet; others said “This is truly the Prophet.” (Jn 7:41).

Jesus Christ is truly a “sign that will be contradicted” as Simon had told Mary (cf. Lk 2:34). Those who listened to Jesus' words did not remain indifferent to them, to the point that, on this occasion, as in many others, “a division occurred in the crowd because of him” (Jn 7:43). The reply of the officers who wanted to arrest the Lord centers the question and shows us the power of Christ's words: “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.” (Jn 7:46). It is like saying: His words are different; they are not empty boastful words, full of arrogance and falseness. He is “the Truth” and his way of speaking reflects this reality.

And if this happened amid his audience, his deeds provoked even more amazement and admiration; but also, criticism, gossip, hate... Jesus Christ spoke “the language of charity”: his deeds and his words showed the deep love He felt towards all men, especially those more in need of assistance.

Today as then, we Christians are —must be— “a sign of contradiction”, because we do not speak and behave like others do. By imitating and following Jesus Christ, we likewise must use “the language of charity and love”, a necessary language that, in fact, we can all understand. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, wrote in his encyclical Deus caritas est, “Love —caritas— will always prove necessary, even in the most just society (...). Whoever wants to eliminate love is preparing to eliminate man as such.”

 

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