Saturday 1 April 2017
SAT 1ST. Jer 11:18-20; 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?”’ John 7:40-41
In the book of the prophet Isaiah we read poignant lines describing the suffering servant of God as ‘despised and rejected … a man of suffering, and familiar with pain…. he was despised, and we held him in low esteem’ (Isaiah 53:3). The Gospel readings earlier this week were about how the elite rejected Jesus for being a blasphemer. And now even the ordinary people who listen to him are unsure, and they despise him because he came from Galilee, a place held in low esteem. The key point here is not about how Christians are held in low esteem today, but about how God identifies with the poor, with people of no prestige. What a deep mystery of love this is! Lord Jesus, I love you.