Be Open to Acceptance
Pride makes us believe we know everything, and even when we are proven wrong, we deny it. This can mean believing we are good enough to deny help, to being so unaware of our conscience that we deny being wrong, and lack humility. This is part of being human, revealing our sinful nature and unwillingness to trust God to help and heal us.
You know the evil villain character in cartoons, always the same and never failing to push against the good character, giving constant trials and irritation for them during their mission towards success and happiness? As we know, this villain normally fails, falling flat on their face and despite their efforts, the good character succeeds in the end. This is very much like Jesus and those who opposed him at the time.
In today's Gospel we read:'After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not go about in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him. Now the Jews' feast of Tabernacles was at hand. But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, "Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? Yet we know where this man comes from; and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from." So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, "You know me, and you know where I come from? But I have not come of my own accord; he who sent me is true, and him you do not know. I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me." So they sought to arrest him; but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come' (John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30).
The people testifying against Jesus believed they knew him. They felt that the true messiah would come from God, would be unknown. Yet, many of them grew up with Jesus, who worked as a simple carpenter. They felt they knew everything and refused to accept that God could have bigger plans for such a man as Jesus. They then testified against him and put him through many trials, becoming the villains of the plot. Through everything, God had bigger plans, and Jesus became the saviour for humanity. Let each of us then become examples of of humble people and accept that God's plan is bigger than what we can see or comprehend in life.
Today's prayer comes from 'A Catholic Life', a prayer for patience in accepting God's will:
Lord, teach me to be patient - with life, with people,and with myself. I sometimes try to hurry things along too much, and I push for answers before the time is right. Teach me to trust Your sense of timing rather than my ownand to surrender my will to Your greater and wiser plan. Help me let life unfold slowly, like the small rosebud whose petals unravel bit by bit, and remind me that in hurrying the bloom along, I destroy the bud and much of the beauty therein. Instead, let me wait for all to unfold in its own time. Each moment and state of growth contains a loveliness. Teach me to slow down enough to appreciate life and all it holds. Amen.