March 16, 2013

The Gospel Today

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Jn 7: 40-53

Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said,
“This is truly the Prophet.”
Others said, “This is the Christ.”
But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he?
Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family
and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?”
So a division occurred in the crowd because of him.
Some of them even wanted to arrest him,
but no one laid hands on him.

So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees,
who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?”
The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.”
So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived?
Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?
But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.”
Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them,
“Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him
and finds out what he is doing?”
They answered and said to him,
“You are not from Galilee also, are you?
Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

Then each went to his own house.

Reflection (Sem. Philip Faustino S. Volante)

When I was in UST where I took up fine arts major in advertising, we had a classmate, who I think would produce not good works, from first year until our last, I always find her plates not pleasing to my taste. When we were on our 4th year and preparing for our thesis, I would always say to myself that she will have the worse thesis in our class. When the day of the announcement of best thesis came, I was shocked and surprised to know that she was awarded best thesis! And as for me, I got an average score.

The same thing happened to Jesus, He was already judged as someone who will not do well because he is from Galilee. Jesus was already judged not because of what He is doing, but from where he came from. The Pharisees wants him arrested without having basis.

In reality, we often times do this to people, we judge people simply by knowing his/her background. We do not look much into the details of a person. As long as he is from a well known school or clan, we would definitely love to have him/her on our team. We usually forget that what is important is the capability of a person, and not his background. My grandfather would tell us, “A person’s academic record does not define who they are; it’s the character that gives them the opportunity to grow and succeed.”

I pray that we be open to the possibilities of life, that we may learn to judge people not because of where and who they are, but because of what they are made of.

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