The God of Can
Fourth Saturday of Lent
Anti Collins – DOJ Sydney
“But surely the Law does not allow us to pass judgement on a man without giving him a hearing and discovering what he is about?”
In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees vehemently deny Jesus’ Messianic identity. We hear a lot about who the Christ should not be. Christ who worshiped in the same temple and sweated under the same sun as these chief priests did not align with their understanding of Who He should be.
It would be easy for me to shake my head at the ignorance of these men who dedicated their lives to worship, teaching and preaching, and who managed to miss God Himself walking amongst them.
“’So,’ the Pharisees answered, ‘you have been led astray as well?’”
However, the limitations I find myself ascribing to the work of God aren’t all that different to the Pharisees’ deep suspicions. How often do I deny myself hoping for miracles in my day-to-day situations and relationships? I mean, I know God can do anything, but I need to be realistic in what I’m asking for, right?
There is nothing more unrealistic than the reality of the Resurrection.
Across these last weeks of Lent, may our expectations, our ‘shoulds’ and our ‘should nots’ not get in the way of encountering Jesus right here, in this present moment.
As we pray and fast, let us not pass judgement on the movements of God without hearing and discovering Who He is and what He is about as we journey with Him to Calvary.
1st Reading: Jeremiah 11:18-20
Gospel: John 7:40-53