24th MARCH 2023

John 7:25–52 (NIV) - John 7:25–52 NIV - At that point some of the… | Biblia

FRIDAY, FOURTH WEEK OF LENT

 

Wis 2: 1, 12-22;                     Ps 34: 17-21, 23;                    Jn 7: 1-2, 10, 25-30


  

FAMILIARITY BRINGS CONTEMPT

Two traditions were rampant among the Jews of Jesus’ time concerning the birth and origin of the Messiah: Some expected the Messiah to grow up in obscurity and then suddenly manifest himself to the world. Others expected the Messiah to be born in Bethlehem, as prophesied in Micah 5:2. It is in the background of these expectations that the people react to Jesus in today’s Gospel passage. For a moment they are almost ready to accept Jesus as the expected Messiah. But then they realize he is all too familiar. They know everything about him. Wasn’t the Messiah expected to be spectacular? There was nothing about Jesus to tease their imagination or curiosity; nothing to intrigue them. And they conclude that he cannot be the Messiah. Ironically, Jesus fulfilled both of their expectations. His divine origin in the Trinity is unknown to the people and even when He reveals it to them they are blind and deaf to the truth. Similarly, His birth is Bethlehem is unknown to them as they knew him as a Nazarene. Even among what seemed to be so familiar to the people, there was a huge realm of mystery about Jesus that was completely hidden from them.

What about us? What is our attitude towards Jesus? Are we so familiar with Him that He has become boring; that He no longer captivates us? Do we expect something out of this world to happen in order to pay attention to Him? Are we able to catch a glimpse of the Mystery hidden in the Sacraments and the Word of God or have they become monotonous? Does the little knowledge we have of Christ give us a humble openness to Him or does it fill us with a secret conceit? As we approach Holy week, let us examine how fresh and lively is our faith in and love for Jesus. May we truly mean what we pray in the Prayer after Communion today ‘Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, as we pass from old to new, so with former ways left behind, we may be renewed in holiness of mind.’


Response: The Lord is close to the broken-hearted.


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