The Gospel Today
Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent
John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Jesus moved about within Galilee;
he did not wish to travel in Judea,
because the Jews were trying to kill him.
But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.
But when his brothers had gone up to the feast,
he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.
Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said,
“Is he not the one they are trying to kill?
And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him.
Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ?
But we know where he is from.
When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”
So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said,
“You know me and also know where I am from.
Yet I did not come on my own,
but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.
I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”
So they tried to arrest him,
but no one laid a hand upon him,
because his hour had not yet come.
Reflection (Sem. Daniel Voltaire Hui):
The Gospel today shows how deep the relationship of Jesus to His Father is. Jesus was confident in saying that He knows His Father for He came from Him. The intimate relationship of Jesus to His Father gives Him the confidence and courage to be secured amidst danger and threat to His life.
Is it not the same in life, that no matter how dangerous a situation is or afraid we are on something as long as we have someone with us the fear lessens. It is because our security does not come from us alone. We may be born as individual persons but not alone. Individual in the sense that we are single but in one with others. We are brought up in this world by our parents as a gift from God from which we form a family. Our relationship with our love ones gives us the sense of security and belongingness that in times of difficulties and trials there will be someone who will help us. The love that binds us to them gives us an untaught instinct to care, be compassionate, to sympathize and to help each other. This is not far from the kind of relationship we have with God. We experience God because we firs believe in Him, and this belief comes with trust which is the fruit of our love. Love is the root of all relationships. With love we commune with others, we become closer and intimate with God and the result of such communion brings us to confidence that is not self-sufficient rather with dependence, strength and with full of courage.
Jesus amidst threats did not fear death, for He knows that His Father will not leave Him. Is it not beautiful to have this kind of attitude toward our Father? That our confidence lies not on ourselves but on God who is the source of all strength for His power is without end and His love is beyond measure. As the Church commemorates the love of Jesus through His passion and death, we bring ourselves in communion with Him to achieve an intimate relationship with Him, like Him and His Father.