As Many Enemies As Followers

(from the 2010 Magnificat Lenten Companion)

Last Sunday, we began this final week of Lent hearing how Jesus saved a woman from being stoned. Today we hear how they tried to stone him. A woman cought in adultery was brought before Jesus so evidence could be gathered to later convict him. Jesus turned the tables on them. This Sunday the Lord will enter Jerusalem to insure they arrest him, while today's Gospel says, "they tried again to arrest [Jesus]; but he excaped from their power." Are we not reminded that Christ does not act according to human expectations? He always surprises us. The Son of God was sent to earth to lead us back to God the Father, yet he seems to have as many enemies as followers. He possessed the power to escape, yet surrenders himself to a former disciple. Today's Gospel passage ends by reminding us that though he is unpredictable - he does everything for our salvation. For he escaped to a place where they could find him. "He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained. Many came to him... And many there began to believe in him." Jesus went to a place that asked something of those who sought after him. It meant passing through the waters of his baptism just as new converts will do next Holy Saturday evening.

Reflection based on John 10:31-42
Father Michael Nolan

Father of mercy, do not abandon those
who have abandoned you.

Today's suggested penance: Bear wrongs that you experience today patiently.