Posted by: livingscripture | March 23, 2012

Fourth Friday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“But we know where he is from.  When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”

                                                 John 7: 27             

How should we live this Word 

It is the feast of Tabernacles and Jesus goes secretly to Jerusalem to avoid confrontations with the religious authorities.  When He arrives at theTemple, He begins to teach the people.  Among the simple people, there is a great deal of confusion.  They ask themselves if Jesus is really the Messiah and why the religious leaders do not pronounce themselves.  However, they know where Jesus comes from, His city and His family.  It should not be this way for the Messiah.

Jesustries to make them understand that their knowledge is partial.  He comes from God who has sent Him and He is truthful. Jesusdoes not name God in this passage but His listeners well understand to whom He is referring.  They try to arrest Him but His hour has not yet come.  Form this point on, confrontations with the leaders increase, bringingJesusever closer to His passion and glorification.

Jesus came precisely to open us all to a more complete knowledge of God, to reveal in human terms the love God has for us, and to invite us into communion with Him.  We can read this stupendous design of God for us in the Gospels.  However, many persons of all times have been content to remain with what they learned as children or with what they think they know.  They do not bother to go beyond this.  Now is the favorable time to take the Bible and pray to the Holy Spirit to open their heart to Jesus.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the words of Holy Scripture and repeat in my heart, ‘Jesus, You are my Savior.’

Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of the living God, come into the world to save us from our sins.  Do not allow our limitations to impede us from knowing You. 

The voice of Marlo Morgan, Contemporary American Author 

Why ask, ‘What if…?’ and seek logical and rational motives to explain the past?  Today is a new day and with each day that passes, we traverse another leg of our journey.  The possibility that today offers us is the possibility of today.

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