Jesus’ Life: Chapter 11 – Jesus At The Feast Of Tabernacles (St John)
It was the Feast of Tabernacles; one of the seven annual Holy Days in the Jewish calendar. People would traditionally travel from throughout Israel to Jerusalem and celebrate the weeklong festival. It was a reminder to them of the forty-year journey of the Israelites in the wilderness. Today, Jews often refer to the Festival as, Sukkot or the Feast of Booths.
Early in the week, Jesus was still in Galilee. Some who questioned or even doubted his miraculous work and authority suggested, that He should leave Galilee and go to Jerusalem for the festival. They said, “For no one who seeks to make a reputation for himself does anything in secret. If you are doing these things, show yourself to the world” – meaning the multitudes of people collecting in Jerusalem.
Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet arrived” but “You go up to the feast yourselves”.
Soon after this encounter, Jesus secretly went to Jerusalem; the timing was of his choosing, not the time suggested by those planning against him. (John 7:1-9)
Sometimes in life, we also need to be alone to secretly plan our work; away from the distractions and tricks of others. Find a quiet time to talk to Jesus, often.
Lord God, forgive me for the times I have betrayed or ignored you. Keep me free from sin and accepting of your endless love.
Prayer: Be at Peace (St Francis de Sales)
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.