31st March

Today’s gospel is John 7:1-2,10,25-30

Jesus MessiahJesus stayed in Galilee; he could not stay in Judaea, because the Jews were out to kill him. As the Jewish feast of Tabernacles drew near, after his brothers had left for the festival, Jesus went up as well, but quite privately, without drawing attention to himself.

Meanwhile some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, ‘Isn’t this the man they want to kill? And here he is, speaking freely, and they have nothing to say to him! Can it be true the authorities have made up their minds that he is the Christ? Yet we all know where he comes from, but when the Christ appears no one will know where he comes from.’
Then, as Jesus taught in the Temple, he cried out:
‘Yes, you know me and you know where I came from.
Yet I have not come of myself:
no, there is one who sent me and I really come from him,
and you do not know him,
but I know him
because I have come from him
and it was he who sent me.’

They would have arrested him then, but because his time had not yet come no one laid a hand on him.

TODAY’S POINTERS ON GOD’S WORD (www.jesuit.org.sg)

  • As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
  • The Gospel today tells us that in spite of the persecutions and death threats, Jesus perseveres in His preaching of the Truth of Salvation. When we face oppositions, fear and discouragement, do we imitate Christ and persevere in our faith and apostolic services?
  • The authorities wanted to apprehend our Lord but were also filled with wonder at His teaching. Are you also filled with wonder of the teachings Christ?
  • All of us believe that Jesus is our Saviour and Lord, but do we have the eyes of faith and heart to feel His presence in our daily living?