Monday, December 29th
Gospel Reading John 7:37-52
37On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” 39Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified. 40When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, “This is really the prophet.” 41Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But some asked, “Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? 42Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” 43So there was a division in the crowd because of him.
The messiah (or the anointed one) is the one for whom people of the Jewish faith had waited for centuries. They awaited one who would set them free and bring peace to the land. Even during Jesus time, people questioned whether or not Jesus was the One.
Question for Reflection:
Have you understood Jesus to be the anointed, the One, the Set Aside, the Long Expected. Has your understanding of who Jesus is shaped your life of faith? If so, how?