Pondering for Friday, February 7, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Friday in the Week of the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany: Year 2

Psalm 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; PM Psalm 73 Gen. 24:1-27; Heb. 12:3-11; John 7:1-13

“For no one who wants to be widely known acts in secret. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.”  (John 7:4)

I think they misunderstand our Lord Jesus.  And this reading says that his brothers did not believe him as yet.  Jesus stayed on fringes.  He was never looking for just praise, but rather he looked for what was the good work that needed to be done. He healed the sick, and taught morality.  So he was doing things that made communal life better. He didn’t want to be widely known but rather widely received.

Too often we look at good people from the paradigm of their own self serving.  We ask “what’s in it for them?” We don’t ask, “What gifts has God given them that enhances our lives?”

Knowing that his friends were all about the popularity of people he told them, “Go to the festival yourselves. I am not going to this festival, for my time has not yet fully come.’ After saying this, he remained in Galilee.” (John 7: 8 – 9)  However, after a little while Our Lord Jesus had a change of mind and went to Jerusalem and to the Festival of Booths, but he went in secret.  “But after his brothers had gone to the festival, then he also went, not publicly but as it were in secret.” (John 4:10)

Even today we never know when our Lord Jesus is near, but in secret.  The good news is that when he is near, he is near to do good.  And while it is good to give our Lord Jesus praise and honor, the additional rejoicing should be about how much better our situation is about to be.  Thank you Lord Jesus and please stay near us, even if in secret, we need you close.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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