Posted by: livingscripture | March 27, 2009

Fourth Friday of Lent

t_jesus_the_teacher002From the Word of the Day


I have not come of myself.  I was sent by One who has the right to send, and him you do not know.  I know him because it is from him I come: he sent me.  At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a finger on him because his hour had not yet come.         

   (John 7, 28-30)


How should we live this Word


Jesus decides to go to Jerusalem even though the times are difficult and He knows that His is not well regarded by the Jews.  His presence arouses a series of questions.  Some think they know everything.  They are learned in the Scriptures and so say, ‘We know where this man is from.  When the Messiah comes, no one is supposed to know his origins’.  Everything is up for discussion, even His human origins and this information would exclude that He could possibly be the Messiah.  At this point, the Teacher makes a declaration that will inexorably lead to His death.  ‘The truth is, I have not come of myself.  I was sent by One who has the right to send, and him you do not know.  I know him because it is from him I come; he sent me’.   He proclaims Himself God’s son which is a blasphemy for the Jews who thought they knew everything about the future Messiah.


There is a way of listening to the Word of God that leads us to believe that we already know it all, like those who think they already know Jesus because they know where He comes from.  For them, any brief news is enough to close their ears and their eyes.  Jesus flees this logic of discontent and prejudice.  Thus, when they try to arrest Him, He escapes from their hands.  Freedom cannot be chained.  Yet again, Jesus shows that He is the Lord of history and of time.  His hour had not yet come.  He will always be the one to decide the hour of His death.


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will place myself before Jesus and seek to respond to His question, ‘Who do you say I am?’  I will ask myself how I am consistent with my encounter with Jesus in my life.


Jesus, grant that I may always be in awe at Your Word of life.  Grant that I may penetrate it ever more deeply each day.


The voice of H. de Lubac, theologian


To flee every danger means to flee every responsibility, every commitment.  It means refusing every vocation.  All the dangers of the world must not dispense us from an action that has become necessary.

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