WIS 2: 1A, 12-22
PS 34: 17-18, 19-20, 21 AND 23
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.”
We see Jesus as scared in this gospel. Jesus came into the world to save us so that we might find life, but Jesus had a real, human life, and felt the same emotions that we did. This does not by any means imply that Jesus was imperfect; rather, Jesus felt all of the same emotions that we do, and He never let them lead Him into sin.
In the readings for today, we see many instances where followers of God had to choose between doing what was right and doing what everyone else was doing. We can find this many times in our daily lives at SLU, and often it can seem like we are choosing between two good things: hanging out with friends or going to mass, studying for a test or grabbing coffee with a professor, exploring the city or staying on campus. Choices pervade our everyday lives, just as they did for the people in the readings today. Ultimately, we must choose what is going to bring us to more life, even if that means being a little bit scared. Jesus was under even the threat of death and persecution, and yet he did what brought Him to glorify God. Though we are not often facing immediate death or violence, we too must ask ourselves what brings us to glorify God more in our everyday lives.