From the Word of the Day
Nobody has ever talked the way this man does! (John 7: 46)
The words of Jesus awe us and attract us for their simplicity and beauty, but they must then be received and practiced. Many stop at discussing His person, even in bitter debate, without arriving at commitments for their life.
At the time of Jesus, many return without a response: the temple soldiers are confused and the very Sanhedrin is divided. No one can remain indifferent before the Messiah; but where does He come from?
Today’s Gospel exhorts us to open our minds by not closing ourselves in sterile prejudices like the Sanhedrin: “Is the Christ to come from Galilee?” This is the first sign of the drama that will engulf Jesus, who will be rejected and condemned to death.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will embrace Jesus as my Savior in faith and in trust.
Oh Jesus, throughout History this tension between accepting or rejecting You is repeated. It has marginalized Christians and members of other religions and even excluded Church teaching, to judging others on the basis of unjust prevention. Help me to make a serious exam of conscience so that I may not fall into the same sins and aberrations.
The Voice of Pope Francis
Jesus loves all of us and never stops before anyone because of prejudice. The Lord is greater than prejudice. Mercy is greater than prejudice. We must learn this well!