When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But some asked, “Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?”
So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not arrest him?” The police answered, “Never has anyone spoken like this!” Then the Pharisees replied, “Surely you have not been deceived too, have you?
Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law—they are accursed.” Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked, “Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?” They replied, “Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.” Then each of them went
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In John’s Gospel, the crowd wonders, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he?” Isn’t it like us to question how God may choose to work?
Today, the question may be more along the lines of: “Can God really speak through ______?” Fill in the blank with persons or things that may cause you to miss God’s active work before you. Maybe it is suffering? Conflict? A weakness? An atheist? Someone’s sexual orientation? A Republican…or Democrat? An illegal immigrant? An addict?
While the blank may be filled differently, the simple answer to that question and the crowd’s is: “Yes. God will and God does.”
Despite knowing this, I still fail to recognize the Christ before me, especially when I hold too closely to attitudes, prejudices, or ignorance. When this happens, I think too small and miss my opportunities for conversion and transformation by a God of surprises who is alive and active in all things.
God, help me to humbly move beyond myself, better understand your ways are not mine, and recognize your presence before me.
How might you be called to expand your view of how God may be working in and through a situation, person, or people in your life?
—Andy Rebollar serves as Pastoral Associate for Parish Life at St. Pius X Parish, Grandville, MI.
Lord, you will speak in ways I may miss if I fail to open my heart to your Spirit. Let my arrogance give way to authenticity; let my narrowed perspective surrender to new ideas and may I look upon others with your eyes. I trust that I will meet you today.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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