March 24 2023 Gospel Reading and Reflection

3/24/2023 (Friday) Today’s gospel reading: John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

1 Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him.
2 But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.
10 But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.
25 Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, “Is he not the one they are trying to kill?
26 And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him. Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ?
27 But we know where he is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”
28 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.
29 I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”
30 So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.

3/24/2023 (Friday) Today’s gospel reflection: John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Jesus is teaching openly and many people weren’t interested because they knew Him especially where He came from. There is indeed a danger with familiarity. It breeds contempt. Yet, in other parts of the gospels, we read how crowds would always follow Jesus to the point that He and His disciples have no time even to eat (Mark 6:30-31).

The scene is very familiar nowadays. A lot of people claim they know Jesus but they don’t actually believe in Him. Yet to those whom He has called and touched continue to have faith in Him though they did not seen Him physically. There are atheists and their are believers. Woe to those who knew Jesus but remain in their unbelief.

Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal to ALL people the mystery of the Blessed Trinity so that more and more people would come to believe in God.

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