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.
Lord, help me to trust more in your divine
1. 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.
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).
Conversation with 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!”