Share your “highs” and your “lows” for the past week with each other.
22 At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26 but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”
What surprises you or engages you in this reading? Don’t you sometimes simply want Jesus to “give it to us straight?” This is a reality of faithful life. The truth is before us everyday. Do we have our ears tuned to the Jesus frequency? Perhaps the issue is not that Jesus is not speaking, but that we are not listening?
Special prayer requests: Pray for new life for all people suffering brokenness, pain, suffering or death.
Bless each other by making the sign of the cross on each one’s forehead.