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Gospel for the Friday of the 4th Week of Lent

John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Summary: Jesus avoided Judea due to threats but attended the Feast of Tabernacles quietly. Despite speculation about his safety and Messiahship, Jesus taught openly in the temple, challenging people's understanding of his identity. He emphasized his divine commission, untouchable by human plots until the appointed time.

Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles

Jesus moved about within Galilee; 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.

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 Christ? But we know where he is from. When the Christ 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.

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