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Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent (11th March, 2016) on the Gospel

 

Wis 2:1.12-22;
Ps 33:16.18.19-21.23. (R. v. 19);
Jn 7:1-2.10.25-30.

Topic: Knowing one’s identity.

The gospel tells us how Jesus went to the festival of Booths (Tabernacles). In the temple people were discussing about Jesus’ identity. Jesus cried out while teaching,

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 (Jn 7:28-29).

In all the gospels, Jesus is always certain of His identity. Hence, although most of the Jews including His own brothers never believed in Him yet He was never deterred (cf. Jn 7:5).

Sometimes people wait for those to discover them and/or to give them opportunity. Remember the true saying, where there is a will there is a way. What each person needs most is self-realisation and not those to discover and/or to give opportunity. One should thank God however if he/she has the privilege of having people who understand him/her but if not that is not the end of the road. Saint Paul likened what we have to treasures in earthen vessels, cf. 2Cor 4:7. Jesus never waited for any human being not even His brothers. Break your shell, come out, and rise to better the world.

Bible Reading: Jas 2:1-13.

Thought for today: You are much more than what you think.

Let us pray: Lord, help us to discover who we are and to live them out – Amen.

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