Today’s Gospel: John 7:1–2, 10, 25–30
In today’s reading from the Gospel of John, we learn that Jesus had been spending his time in Galilee and avoiding Judea. He knew that the Pharisees and some of the leaders of the people were trying to kill him. But now the Festival of the Booths was approaching and some relatives of Jesus had probably formed a pilgrimage and asked him to accompany them. Jesus declined at first, but after they had left, he changed his mind. Although Jesus arrived in secret, he is recognized by some. We can assume that many people are astounded with his knowledge and teaching but seem to be confused as to his identity. They wonder out loud if the authorities consider him the Messiah, but they doubt because they knew about him and his family, even where he came from.
In response, Jesus cries out, “You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”
The question for the people then and for us is: Do we really know who Jesus is? Our response is rooted in our ability to be in relationship with him and like any meaningful relationship, it takes time and intention. Jesus tells us that he came not for himself but for God and for his people. He came not just to tell us about God but to show us God. During these last weeks of Lent, may we look for new ways to encounter and come to know Jesus more deeply.
O God, you have given us the Good News of your abounding love in your Son Jesus Christ: So fill our hearts with thankfulness that we may rejoice to proclaim the good tidings we have received; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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