Memory of Jesus crucified

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Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

John 7,1-2.10.25-30

After this Jesus travelled round Galilee; he could not travel round Judaea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. As the Jewish feast of Shelters drew near, However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went up as well, not publicly but secretly. Meanwhile some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, 'Isn't this the man they want to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, and they have nothing to say to him! Can it be true the authorities have recognised that he is the Christ? Yet we all know where he comes from, but when the Christ appears no one will know where he comes from.' Then, as Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he cried out: You know me and you know where I came from. Yet I have not come of my own accord: but he who sent me is true; You do not know him, but I know him because I have my being from him and it was he who sent me. They wanted to arrest him then, but because his hour had not yet come no one laid a hand on him.

 

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Jesus is still in Galilee and does not want to go to Jerusalem because he does not want to fall into the hands of the Pharisees, who have now become dangerous enemies. He feels that his hour has not yet come. But, with the Festival of Booths approaching, Jesus nevertheless decides to go to the temple with his brethren to avoid drawing too much attention. While he is in Jerusalem, however, Jesus is probably recognized and immediately a debate arises among the people. By now it was known that the leaders of the people wanted to kill Jesus to keep him from continuing to preach. Seeing that he was still around, the people, somewhat ironically, wondered if the Pharisees had recognized him as the Christ. But, revealing their disbelief, they add that they know where Jesus is from, while the origin of the Christ, according the traditions of the time, would not be known. At this point Jesus once again begins to teach publicly in the temple and unmasks the disbelief of the majority. He replies that he is very aware of where he is from and that he knows who sent him to be with humanity. Those who listen to him and follow him walk on the path of salvation, which means knowing the Father who sent him and accepting his plan of salvation for the world. The "knowledge" of which Jesus speaks is closely tied to his own: a knowledge that comes from acceptance, obedience, and a complete willingness to carry out the will of the Father, that is, the salvation of all men and women. This Gospel, this extraordinary and demanding task, is rejected by his listeners, who, like their leaders, now try to arrest him. It is a story that often repeats itself and in which we ourselves are sometimes complicit. Sometimes we are complicit with those who try to "lay hands" on the Gospel, to limit its power to change, to wound it with our repeated betrayals, or to imprison it in the web of our habits, rituals, and small-mindedness. But no one was able to stop Jesus. The evangelist John makes it abundantly clear that it was not Jesus' persecutors who eliminated him. They do not have the strength. In truth, it is Jesus himself who will turn himself over to his persecutors and let them carry him to the cross. He is the one who gives his life for us. Jesus presents himself as the sacrament of the Father's limitless love for all men and women.