READINGS: ACTS 11:19-26; PSALM 87:1B-3, 4-5, 6-7; JOHN 10:22-30
In this story, Jesus celebrates the Feast of the Dedication, also known as Hanukkah. This holiday was a time that Jews celebrated their freedom from captivity and re-dedicated their temple after it had been desecrated.
It is on this important day that some of the Jewish leaders ask who Jesus really is. Is He really claiming to be the anointed King and descendant of King David who will set them free from the Romans and become the Protector of Israel like what happened on this holiday long ago? Jesus gives an interesting response to them, “You would know the answer if you got to know me.”
Jesus wants to be our Protector and Provider, but sometimes, we doubt if he will pull through for us. Perhaps we even question him saying, “Jesus, are you really all that you say you are? Then do something!” Jesus gives us an interesting response, “Spend time with me. Get to know me. Recognize my voice, and you’ll soon understand that I am worth trusting with your past, present, and future. Come, follow me.” Today, let your doubts and anxieties fall to the feet of the Good Shepherd and trust that he will lead you to green pastures and still waters. This is a thought worth celebrating.
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”