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John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

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After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jews were looking for an opportunity to kill him. Now the Jewish festival of Booths was near.
But after his brothers had gone to the festival, then he also went, not publicly but as it were in secret.
 Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, 'Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.' Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, 'You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.' Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.

John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
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    • Jesus knew all during his passion where he came from – from the heart of God the Father. He knew he would return there. He always knew he was not on his own. Can we walk with him in his passion of today? Where people suffer, Jesus suffers.
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    • The festival of Booths commemorated the forty years the Jews spent wandering in the desert. Life is meant as our journey to the Promised Land: we endure the wilderness now.. When we emerge from the wilderness, we will understand Moses’ words to the Israelites, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath you are the everlasting arms”.
    • The people think they know who Jesus is and where he comes from. We make snap judgements about others all the time, not realising how our own limitations blind us to their truth. Today, Lord, open my eyes to see the extraordinary immortals with whom I deal daily. And let me see myself thus also.
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    • Jesus, you were a hunted man. Your enemies tried to catch sight of you to arrest you. May I seek to find you in prayer and life with as much energy as your enemies had.
    • Jesus is always aware of his Father. He wants nothing else in life or death than to please God. I reflect on myself: do I consult God before making important decisions?
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    • The arguments go to and fro about Jesus: some say that they know nothing about him, others that they know everything. It sometimes seems like that nowadays too, that there are experts on every side. I realise that Lent calls me, not to be convinced in my mind, but to accept Jesus in my heart. This is the kind of knowledge that Jesus values.
    • No matter how much I know about somebody there always remains much of which is hidden and known only to God. I pray for a deeper reverence of those around me – especially for those I think I know well.
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    • The arguments go to and fro about Jesus: some say that they know nothing about him, others that they know everything. It sometimes seems like that nowadays too, that there are experts on every side. I realise that Lent calls me, not to be convinced in my mind, but to accept Jesus in my heart. This is the kind of knowledge that Jesus values.
    • No matter how much I know about somebody there always remains much of which is hidden and known only to God. I pray for a deeper reverence of those around me – especially for those I think I know well.