Friday, March 11th – Sr. Kathy Farrell O.Carm.
Gospel: JN 7:1-2,10,25-30
Jesus moved about within Galilee;
he did not wish to travel in Judea,
because the Jews were trying to kill him.
But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.
But when his brothers had gone up to the feast,
he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.
Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said,
“Is he not the one they are trying to kill?
And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him.
Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ?
But we know where he is from.
When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”
So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said,
“You know me and also know where I am from.
Yet I did not come on my own,
but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.
I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”
So they tried to arrest him,
but no one laid a hand upon him,
because his hour had not yet come.
When I was praying with the scripture passage from John, the following line kept speaking to me: “But we know where he is from.” It made me reflect, unfortunately, on the times that I judge people because I know “where they are from.” How many times have I formed an opinion about someone because of the section of the city where someone grew up, the schools that someone attended or the family that a person is born into?
When I entered religious life in 1984, I asked if I could work at Hope House in the St. Thomas Housing Projects to teach GED as well as bookkeeping because I knew that I needed to grow in a way that I never had the opportunity to be stretched. I learned so very much from the people that I was teaching. When I find myself forming judgments about someone due to who they are, the schools they attended are where they live. I recall how I grew while ministering to the folks at Hope House.
Good and loving God, I ask for the graces not to judge folks by my preconceived ideas but to accept everyone as God accepts and loves me. I pray that all of us can welcome each individual into our life as God loves us. May we not be threatened but differences but welcome differences as an invitation to grow and encounter God. Amen!
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