With less than a week until the Triduum, our readings today continue to invite us to notice Jesus in the challenging conversations. And Jesus seems to know where to go during difficult times. He went back to the place where he was nourished, with his Father’s message of love and support. (“You are my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”)
When I hear the voices of those who want to challenge me and even correct me, am I willing to listen or do I enter into a defensive posture, defending or retreating? Jesus seems to remind the challengers to watch who he is, and what he does, and allow that to inform them. And then, in walking back to the comforting memories, he is fed again.
I find myself asking a few questions as I watch Jesus here. What have I heard about Jesus? Is it true for me? What have I said about Jesus? Is it true? Would people believe because of what I have said? Why or why not? Many began to believe in him because of what they heard. Do I? May we grow in the truth that Jesus offers in his life.
—Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ is the director of adult spirituality programs at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE. He is a spiritual director and offers parish missions and retreats in the style of Ignatian Spirituality.