Our Prejudices Shut Jesus Out

by FLL Editorial Team

若望福音 7:40-53

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By sharyn morrow via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)




這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫,內容以下列文章為根據: Saturday of week 4 of Lent – Gospel

Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, “This is truly the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David's family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?” The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.” So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.” Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them, “Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?” They answered and said to him, “You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

Then each went to his own house.
John 7:40-53

In today's and yesterday's Gospel readings, we read that the crowd was in dispute over Jesus' identity. Some said that Jesus must be the Messiah, whereas others said he could not possibly be the Messiah since He came from Galilee. They thought that He could not be of David's family.

Nicodemus, a Pharisee who had visited Jesus before, suggested that they should first hear Jesus, and find out what He did. This sounds very reasonable. However, the chief priests and Pharisees would not take it. Their vision and hearing had been completely blocked by their prejudices.

If we are honest with ourselves, we would find that we, too, are full of prejudices. Jesus could have spoken to us through many different people. When we complain to God about unanswered prayers, perhaps we should first ask ourselves: have our prejudices shut the door, thus keeping Jesus from coming in?

This reflection is prepared by the FLL Inspire editorial team as a digest of the following article: Saturday of week 4 of Lent – Gospel