Friday, April 4th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 7:1-2.10.25-30.
Thursday of the Third week of Lent
4 April 2014
So they tried to arrest him, but no onelaid a hand
upon him, because his hour had not yet come.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 7:1-2.10.25-30.
After this, Jesus moved about within Galilee; but 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.
So 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 Messiah?
But we know where he is from. When the Messiah 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.
Friday of the Fourth week of Lent
Commentary of the day
Saint Augustine (354-430),
Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Sermons on Saint John’s gospel, no.31, 3-4 ; CCL 36, 294-295
You know me and you do not know me
“Jesus cried out in the temple area:’You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.’” Which goes to say: “You know me but you do not know me”, or even: “You know where I come from and you do not know. You know where I come from: Jesus of Nazareth. And you know my family.” The only thing that was hidden from them in this area was his virginal birth… They knew everything about Jesus with respect to his human nature: his appearance, his home, family and birthplace. Thus the Lord was right in saying to them: “You know me and you know where I come from” according to the flesh and the human appearance he had assumed.
Whereas according to his divinity, he said: “I did not come on my own but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.” Now, if you want to know him, believe in him whom he has sent and you will know him. So, if you want to know him, believe in the one he has sent and you will get to know him. For “No one has ever seen God; the only-begotten Son who is in the Father’s heart: he has made him known” (Jn 1,18). And again: “No one knows who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him” (Lk 10,22)… “I know him”: ask me, therefore, to make him known to you… “I come from him and it is he who sent me”. A magnificent affirmation of a twofold truth…: the Son proceeds from the Father and all that the Son is he takes from him whose Son he is. That is why we say the Lord Jesus is “God from God” (Creed), whereas we simply call the Father… ‘God’. We also say that our Lord Jesus is “Light from Light”, whereas we simply call the Father… ‘Light’. This is what those words mean: “I come from him.”