Thursday, 18th March
Reading John 10: 22-42
but Jesus said to them, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?’John 10:32
The Festival of Dedication, Hanukkah, remembers the rededication of the temple of Jerusalem following a revolt against the Seleucid Empire. There is again a revolt in the air but where is it targeted? The crowd attempts to stone Jesus, but he is the one who is restoring the Kingdom of God. They have seen the miracles that could only have come from the heavenly Father, but then have rejected the accompanying teaching of the Messiah. The people would have been better placed to think of why the temple had previously fallen, and why the kings of old often failed, than to reject Jesus. In what ways are we sometimes like the crowd, rejecting someone who has come among us seeking to serve the Father, and how can we be more like those at the end of the passage who go out of their way to seek Jesus?