April 1, 2022

The Gospel

After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jews were looking for an opportunity to kill him. Now the Jewish festival of Booths was near.


But after his brothers had gone to the festival, then he also went, not publicly but as it were in secret.


Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.

John 7:1–2,10,25–30 (LectionaryPage.net)

The Offering

From Rev. Rick Putman

“… because his hour had not yet come.”

As a priest, it has been my privilege and honor to companion several people to their moment of transition from this life to the next. Some partings were easy and peaceful; others were difficult and and sad. Whatever the circumstances might have been, there was one constant: their hour had come.


I am convinced that one’s quality of death is directly related to how they prepare for their leaving.


Reflection: How are you making ready for your time to depart?

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