May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings:

Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, “This is truly the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. 

So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?” The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.” So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.” Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them, “Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?” They answered and said to him, “You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.” 

Then each went to his own house. 

They judged Jesus’ by where He was from. They did not want to listen to His words because He made some of them very uncomfortable. Do you judge people by where they are from or do you judge by what you learn from them? Nicodemus was asking that very question and they did not answer him, they just asked him more questions. It is not our job to judge people; it is our job to leave that up to God. Can you do that? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that I am prone to be judgmental. Help me Lord when I do not see you in a person, to find you and treat them as I would treat you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.


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