Jesus Retires To Ephraim

Bible Event – Jesus’ Life

The Chief Priests and Pharisees agreed and planned to have Jesus killed so, they made it known, that if anyone discovered his whereabouts, they must report it to them and they would have Him arrested.

Jesus, aware of their intentions, went with his disciples to the town of Ephraim, a wilderness region, to avoid any further public gatherings among the Judeans.

View across Jerusalem

As the Feast of the Passover approached, many people began to travel to Jerusalem to celebrate and “cleanse themselves ritually”. Those who were looking for Jesus in the Temple courts, discussed among themselves, “What do you think? That he won’t come to the feast?”

Jesus would not shirk his duty; He would fulfil his Father’s will. (John 11:54-57)

Thought

The thought of arrest, trial, torture and crucifixion must have weighed heavily on Jesus’ shoulders. It’s easy to imagine that He spent this short period in prayer and making final preparations for his disciples future.

Reflection

Lord Jesus, you “conquered the world”. Fill our hearts with your peace, remove all our anger and hatred, just as you did towards your enemies.

Prayer: I Confess

I confess to Almighty God,
and to you my brothers and sisters,
that I have gravely sinned
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done,
and what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask Blessed Mary, ever-virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.