Psalms: 80, 77
Old Testament: Jeremiah 7:1-15
New Testament: Romans 4:1-12
Gospel: John 7:17-36
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from a sermon of St. Basil the Great

Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come (John 7:30)

In John’s gospel we always get references to Jesus’ “time”. We first get a hit of it in chapter 2, in which Jesus tells his mother that his “time has not yet come” whilst at the wedding in Cana.

We get it again in chapter 4 with the Samaritan woman at the well; in which Jesus tells her the time is coming and is now here that God will be worshipped not on mountains, but in Spirit and truth.

It is especially poignant in John 12 in which Jesus responds to some Greeks who wish to see him. At that moment, God declares:

I have been glorified, and I will be glorified again. (John 12:28)

So what is the glory that is to be revealed??? it is the crucified and resurrected Christ.

It is for this event that we wait for during Lent. Of the great Paschal drama of betrayal, Cross and victory. More importantly it is a glory in which we share through our baptism.

So what do you do in the meantime…….we fast, we pray, and we repent……in the hopes that our lives will be changed. That our hearts and minds might be transformed and renewed so that we do not judge by appearances, but by what we know to be the Truth. +

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