Saturday, IV week of Lent, Year A

Who is this Jesus?

Readings: 1st: Jer 11:18-20; Ps: 7; Gos: Jn 7:40-53

This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com 

In today’s gospel, we see that there are diverse opinions, and much confusion among the people regarding Jesus. His relatives thought something, and the people thought something different. Some said: “He is a prophet!” Others said: “He leads the people astray!”

Some praised Him: “He is a good man!” Others criticized Him: “He is not educated!” Each one had his own arguments, taken from the Bible or from Tradition. But nobody remembered the Messiah Servant, announced by Isaiah.

Even Christ himself, knowing that many are confused about his personality asked his disciples: “who do people say I am?” This question is very relevant today.  The people who lived with Jesus were puzzled as to who he was, a prophet or the Messiah? This showed that he made a big impression on them.

However, they could not dare to believe or accept him as the Messiah. Many still don’t recognize the greatness of Christ. Here are two ways of approaching Jesus: some hear him, see how he lives, and love and enjoy him. Others go back to their books and argue about his qualifications or profile.

To have the gift of faith in Christ means to have the gift of prayer. This means that we have the gift of being able to be in touch with Jesus through the power of his divinity.  This is more than just “thinking about Jesus,” but opens us to the reality of a close friendship with him in accordance with our personalities.

There is aver important question that today’s gospel provokes for all of us as Christians. Nicodemus reminds the Pharisees that the law does not allow people to be judged without a hearing them first. The Soldiers came to arrest Christ, but when they heard him speak, they were amazed and left him alone. 

So, the question is, is there someone in my life whom I have condemned without listening to their side of the story?

Peace be with you all!

Maranatha!

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