Gospel of John 7:40-52 Reflection:
This is a story of the confusion that Jesus causes. The people are arguing among themselves about who Jesus is; the Temple guard, sent to arrest Jesus, come back confused.
It is the same today; Jesus causes confusion. No one is quite sure what to make of him. He is a mystery. Even in the heart of the Christian there is often confusion; sometimes we know exactly who Jesus is, other times we doubt.
But we are not called to know. We are called to follow. In the weeks and months to come I think the simplicity in which our new Pope, who follows Jesus, shall cause a lot of Catholics to have to look at their own lives.
The confusion about Jesus is natural and it is part of life's journey. We are not able yet to see Jesus fully and our weakened mind, the result of original sin, still has traces of doubt.
The Pharisees acted out of hate and fear. We are called to act out of trust and hope. And we are called to forgive ourselves for the times when we don't live up to what Jesus demands of us.