EX 32: 7-14
PS 106: 19-20, 21-22, 23
JN 3: 16
JN 5: 31-47
We search for acceptance among others, but often feel rejection. We want to be accepted among co-workers, classmates, or members within a particular community. However, we sometimes encounter situations in which we feel rejected such as when people glare at us with judgmental looks, respond with hurtful comments, or label us “weird.” We make an effort to be ourselves, but feel upset when others turn the other way.
Just as we occasionally feel rejected, Jesus experiences the same feelings in today’s gospel. He cries, “I came in the name of my father but you do not accept me.” Jesus was sent on earth by his father seeking acceptance by his brothers and sisters on earth, yet felt shunned. Many people did not believe that he was the son of God and failed to recognize his works as signs of his divinity. As a result, Jesus was misunderstood by many people whom he interacted. We relate to Jesus’ feelings of rejection. We pray to him knowing that he is the one who always showers us with love and acceptance. We also pray that he connects us with those on earth who emulate this same type of acceptance.