John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Jesus moved about within Galilee; but
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.
So 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.
Introductory Prayer: Jesus, I
truly believe and hope in you and your Gospel.
You have touched me by the example of trust you
had in your Father’s plan. I adore you and
thank you with my whole heart.
help me to trust more in your divine providence.
A Way Out When Cornered: A cornered bear reacts
by the instinct of self-preservation and fights until death. Christ,
however, shows an altogether different attitude when challenged. He
seems always to be calm and in control of
every situation. He knows that not a single hair will
fall from his head unless the Father deliberately permits
it to occur. Many times our fears corner us
to the point that we get spooked. To conquer our
fears, we need to believe more, hope more, and
love Christ much more.
2. The Force of Love: It
is interesting to note that Jesus originally planned to stay
behind in Galilee. But out of charity and trust
in the Father’s will, Jesus set out on the
perilous journey to Judea. Once there, he forgot the danger
that loomed before him. Christ felt a renewed strength
as he had compassion for the lost sheep in
Judea. Nothing could diminish his resolve to feed the spiritually
hungry, cure the sick, and teach the ignorant. Love
gave Christ the capacity to give himself more. Love
protects life from prejudices and complaints.
3. Proof of God’s Love:
The soldiers tried to arrest Jesus, but they were thwarted.
The Father had decided that his Son was not
to be given up yet. Cancer, global warming, the
nuclear bomb, terrorism and natural disasters – things that might
seem to be threats to us – should not
make us fearful. Trust is really trust! Jesus invites
us to trust, and this is powerful. Saint Paul says,
“All things work together for good for those who
love God” (Romans 8:28). The important thing in life is
for us to keep our thoughts and efforts focused
on God’s will and to go about doing good,
generously serving others. “Seek his kingdom, and these other things
will be given you besides” (Luke 12:31).
Christ: My Lord and Savior, I know
that my vision is often short-sighted. Teach me to
love and to trust. Enlarge my heart so that
I can endure adverse situations and predicaments for the sake
of my eternal salvation. Jesus, I trust in you!
Resolution: Today when contradictions flare up at
the workplace or at home, I will not sigh
in despair. Rather, I will make an act of hope:
“Long live Christ the King!”