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APRIL 27. EASTER. Wk. 4. Tue. Jn.10. 22-30

Updated: Aug 29

It was the time when the feast of Dedication was being celebrated in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the Temple walking up and down in the Portico of Solomon. The Jews gathered round him and said, ‘How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.’ Jesus replied:


‘I have told you, but you do not believe.

The works I do in my Father’s name are my witness;

but you do not believe,

because you are no sheep of mine.

The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice;

I know them and they follow me.

I give them eternal life;

they will never be lost

and no one will ever steal them from me.

The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone,

and no one can steal from the Father.

The Father and I are one.’


The centrepiece of this reading is Faith; - with the Jews telling Jesus, “If you are the one; - tell us openly”; - but this expectation is based on a requirement Jesus make public a claim he is the Son of God; - and he then go around behaving in a manner consistent with that claim!


But this requirement everything be made clear, and Christ conduct himself as the Son of God, was based on human thinking, where one claims one’s “status”; - and lives accordingly. But this was not Christ’s way; - he wanted to teach another way; - the way of Faith and Humility!


There is a powerful lesson here in the way Christ conducted himself, as what he is “teaching” is he has no desire for earthly “status”; - something completely foreign to those he was with; - the “leaders” of the Jews; - who revelled in their status.


Christ’s focus on the other hand, was on obedience to the Father, which involved a complete rejection of earthly values and desires; - a lesson Christ would spend his life bearing witness to; - and that included spending ninety percent of his life in the obscure village of Nazareth!


The way Christ chose to demonstrate he was the Son of God, was by the way he acted, the teachings he gave, and the miracles he performed; - as he needed to teach his followers his focus was on in pleasing and serving God, rather than man.


The focus of the Jews was obeying the Law; - while the focus of Christ was on obeying God; - a lesson not easily understood; - as it required Faith, and the rejection of earthly values!


Christ’s miracles, which were numerous; - and which would culminate in his resurrection; - were the “evidence” of his Divinity and the need for Faith, something the Jews could not understand; - which was why Christ said:


‘I have told you, but you do not believe.

The works I do in my Father’s name are my witness;

but you do not believe; -

because you are no sheep of mine.


Gospel Acclamation John 10:27


Alleluia, alleluia!

My sheep listen to my voice, says the Lord;

I know them, and they follow me.

Alleluia!


First reading Acts 11:19-26 ·

They started preaching to the Greeks, proclaiming the Lord Jesus


Those who had escaped during the persecution that happened because of Stephen travelled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, but they usually proclaimed the message only to Jews. Some of them, however, who came from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch where they started preaching to the Greeks, proclaiming the Good News of the Lord Jesus to them as well. The Lord helped them, and a great number believed and were converted to the Lord.


The church in Jerusalem heard about this and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. There he could see for himself that God had given grace, and this pleased him, and he urged them all to remain faithful to the Lord with heartfelt devotion; for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. And a large number of people were won over to the Lord.


Barnabas then left for Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him he brought him to Antioch. As things turned out they were to live together in that church a whole year, instructing a large number of people. It was at Antioch that the disciples were first called ‘Christians.’







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