See Jesus as a believer

Saturday 4th Week of Lent

Jeremiah 11:18-20 
John 7:40-53 

The WORD in Other Words by Fr Louie Punzalan SVD (Philippines)

What is the meaning of the idiom “different strokes for different folks”? It means  everybody is different; no two people are alike. There‘s more than one way to skin a cat. Different things please different people; different people interpret the world  differently. 

When the people saw Jesus attending the Festival of Booths there were   different reactions. There was the reaction of the crowd who said, “This is truly the   Prophet… He is the Anointed One.” 

Some opined that Jesus must be the prophet Moses; others said Jesus must be the Messiah. They wanted to arrest Jesus and had   come back without arresting him because never in their lives had they heard anybody  speak as Jesus did. “Never before has anyone spoken like this one.” 

There was the  reaction of the chief priests and the Pharisees who said that only the ignorant and the   naive accepted Jesus, “Why did you not bring him? Have you also been deceived?”

 Finally, there was the reaction of Nicodemus who asked, “Does our law condemn   a person before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?” Give Jesus a fair   trial, or at least the benefit of the doubt. He should be considered innocent until he is  proven guilty. But it was a timid reaction because Nicodemus did not really defend   Jesus directly.  

In these reactions we see a shadow of the different reactions of the people of   our time. There are still the proud and the self-serving who are only concerned with   themselves, their power and money, their position and popularity, and nothing else  besides. 

There are still the timid and the uncommitted who vaguely accept Jesus and   is message but who are kept back by doubts and fears. 

There are still the ordinary   people, the “motley crowd” who believe and defend the message of Jesus and follow him. This is the community of believers. This is the church, the people of God. 


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