In today’s Gospel from John 7:40-53 we read, “Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, "This is truly the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But others said, "The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David's family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?" So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why did you not bring him?" The guards answered, "Never before has anyone spoken like this man." So the Pharisees answered them, "Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed." Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them, "Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?" They answered and said to him, "You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee."
As I reflected on this Gospel I was struck by the response of the guards who had been sent to arrest Jesus no one touched him. Jesus proved to be an enigma to many of the people of his time. Jesus was not the Messiah that they people of his time were expecting. He preached a message of love and compassion. People were drawn to him because of his personality and the way he treated people. Always treating people with respect and love confused many. His voice and the power of his words attracted many.
Jesus continues to speak to us in our daily lives. His words are able to touch open, receptive and faithful hearts. Are we willing to allow our heats to be touched by Jesus’ words and actions? Take some time today to allow Jesus to speak to your heart and mind so that his words may touch your heart too!
Pat Schifini, OSU