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Some of the crowd who had been listening said, “He is indeed the prophet,” and some said, “He is the Christ,” but others said, “Would Christ come from Galilee?” John 7:40-41

“The gospel today reveals that Jesus had not only good, faithful friends willing to follow him to wherever he went and fierce enemies who couldn’t wait to get rid of him, but also many sympathizers who were attracted, but afraid at the same time. The rich young man loved Jesus but couldn’t give up his wealth to follow him. Nicodemus admired Jesus but was afraid to lose the respect of his own colleagues. . . . To his colleagues, the Pharisees, Nicodemus said, ‘our law does not allow us to pass judgment on anyone without first giving him a hearing and discovering what he is doing.’ (John 7:51). . . . Nicodemus said it to save Jesus. It didn’t work. He was ridiculed by his friends.”

Our Prayer

Dear Lord,
. . . .time and again I have to confess
that I have not let your love descend fully
from my mind to my heart. . . .
Let these weeks become an opportunity for me
to let go of all my resistances to your love
and an occasion for you to call me closer to you.

to read the rest of this devotional see Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings by Henri Nouwen