Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 11:18-20, Psalm 7:2-3, 9-12, & John 7:40-53
Christ amongst the Pharisees, Flemish School, circa 1625.
On this, the Fourth Saturday of Lent, the readings show that people are searching for answers about who Jesus is.
From the Book of Jeremiah, the people see God the Father as a just master and one who takes vengeance on those who do wrong. In the Responsorial Psalm, people see God the Father as a protector and one who punishes the wrongdoer and shelters the person who is unjustly accused. In the Gospel narrative, people argue about who Jesus is. Certainly, He is someone special; 'this must be the prophet', 'this must be the Messiah.' Yet, the people have differing opinions about Him as we heard, "So a division occurred in the crowd because of Him." The people are trying to see if Jesus matches their expectations of the Messiah. They go to the scriptures and oral traditions to search for the signs of the "Special One."
Is it possible that we do the same thing today? Do we look for cues as to who Jesus is and where He is among us? We have preconceived ideas of where we should find Jesus in our society, our relationships, our community's leaders, and in our world. Somehow, Jesus always surprises us. He is in the people and places we would least expect.
During the short time that remains in this Lenten season, it may be a good time for us to discern where God is in our life. It is a good time for us to ask God for a very special grace, which is to find God in ALL things.
Prayer: Lord, help us be open to finding You in the places we expect and don't expect. Help us welcome You in our lives as we find You in everything and everyone. Amen.