Jesus’ Life: Chapter 11 – Jesus At The Feast Of Tabernacles (St John)
It had been a very eventful and weeklong Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem.
Jesus arrived late but, by midweek, he was preaching and teaching in the Temple Courts. He confronted the experts in the law, the Pharisees and Jewish leaders. He settled conflicts and healed the sick. At the Festival ending, he left the people with a clear message saying, “I am the Good Shepherd – and I lay down my life for the sheep”.
Jesus’ ministry and presence at the Feast of Tabernacles caused a “sharp division” among the Jewish people. Those who refused to accept that Jesus was the Son of God said, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind” while those who believed answered, “These are not the words of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, can it?” (John 10:19-21)
Is division caused by our unwillingness to change, our stubbornness; despite knowing it is the right thing to do!
It’s unfortunate that many refuse to allow open discussion while forcing their own false beliefs on others.
Lord Jesus, remind me that your teachings are for everyone. Guide me in new ways to generously share them with others.
Prayer: Church Unity (John Henry Newman)
O Lord Jesus Christ,
when you were about to suffer,
you prayed for your disciples that they might all be one,
as you are in the Father,
and the Father in you.
Look down in pity on the many divisions
among those who profess your faith.
Heal the wounds which the pride of man
and the craft of satan has inflicted on your people.
Break down the walls of separation which divide Christians.
Look with compassion on all souls and bring them together
under the Holy Catholic Church.