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

Link to today’s readings:

Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.

But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.

Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, “Is he not the one they are trying to kill? And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him. Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ? But we know where he is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.” So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.

They were easily swayed to deny who Jesus was. Just because they knew Him and where He was from. How easily are we swayed in our opinions of people because we know their past – or think we do. It is not up to us to judge people on what others say. When we get to know someone, then we can form our own opinion. Who forms yours?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you sent your son and I can judge who He is because I know what He did for me. Through you, I am saved by grace. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.


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