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When the Messiah comes

“We know where he is from. When the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” (John 7:27)  

Today's Gospel is all about familiarity.  The old saying familiarity breeds contempt, seems to be the key to today's reading.  For the Jewish the Messiah was to be someone unknown to them so for them to hear that Jesus was proclaiming a special relationship with God as his Father did not strike a harmonious cord.  To claim such a kind was blasphemy, to put yourself as equal to God!  What they did not realize was that Jesus was also speaking of his heavenly nature.

Jesus went one step further and said that everyone could have a close relationship with God and had the right to call God Father!  He said that “Whoever chooses to do his will shall know whether my teaching is from God or whether I speak on my own” (John 7:17).  To truly know God was to do God's will, and to do God's will was to also connect you to your neighbour.  We have seen this Lent how relationships were very important to Jesus.  To get to know someone you must have a relationship with them, you must be willing to be there for them, to love deeply.  It is the example of how Jesus lived his life that we find the lessons to live our own and the way to know him more deeply.

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