MARCH 20. LENT. WK 4. SAT. JN. 7. 40 - 52
Several people who had been listening to Jesus said, ‘Surely he must be the prophet’, and some said, ‘He is the Christ’, but others said, ‘Would the Christ be from Galilee? Does not scripture say that the Christ must be descended from David and come from the town of Bethlehem?’ So the people could not agree about him. Some would have liked to arrest him, but no one actually laid hands on him.
The police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees who said to them, ‘Why haven’t you brought him?’ The police replied, ‘There has never been anybody who has spoken like him.’ ‘So’ the Pharisees answered ‘you have been led astray as well? Have any of the authorities believed in him? Any of the Pharisees? This rabble knows nothing about the Law – they are damned.’ One of them, Nicodemus – the same man who had come to Jesus earlier – said, ‘But surely the Law does not allow us to pass judgement on a man without giving him a hearing and discovering what he is about?’ To this they answered, ‘Are you a Galilean too? Go into the matter, and see for yourself: prophets do not come out of Galilee.’
In today’s Gospel various people and agencies are confused and querying the Divinity of Christ and whether or not he should be listened to; - and here we are two thousand years later; - and this same debate continues?
The sad fact about today’s debate is it continues despite all that happened after this reading, namely Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection; - and the descent of the Holy Spirit. Which means even after the Resurrection from the dead, the confusion and debate continue?
Sadly, one of the reasons for this is God’s people want God to meet their expectations; - the creature telling the Creator what they want to see happen in order for them to obey?
“Would the Christ be from Galilee? Does not scripture say that the Christ must be descended from David and come from the town of Bethlehem?” And, Prophets do not come out of Galilee.”
Why are God’s people so reluctant to believe what the creator has revealed to them through Christ? At the time of the above Gospel, miracles were being performed on a daily basis, with the sole purpose of demonstrating Christ’s divinity; - while today we have the Gospels detailing those same miracles?
The answer of course is just as it was in Christ’s day; - many of God’s people do not believe because they prefer “the wisdom of the world” to the truth revealed to them by their Creator; - a situation that is ridiculous, even to human wisdom?
The difference between the two of course is the “wisdom of the world” puts man and his desires at the centre of one’s life; - while the wisdom of God puts God, and his desires, at the centre of earthly life.
How fortunate and blessed is the man of Faith? How many divine gifts he has access to that the man of the world knows nothing about, especially God’s Love and Mercy, the Sacraments, Mary Our Mother, Prayer, the Eucharist and membership of the Church!
But God loves all his people, which is why Christians are called to intercede for unbelievers!