Left out of the Lectionary

March 21, 2018




In early March, we’ll heard John’s version of Jesus cleansing the Temple from John 2. But the last three verses of that chapter don’t make it into our lectionary:


When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.


Jesus doesn’t entrust himself to his hearers in John, but dear people, Jesus entrusts himself to us. As St. Paul writes in First Corinthians 12, we are the body of Christ in the world. Jesus entrusts himself to us so completely that his identity and reality in the world is hidden in us. We have no need for further testimony, because Jesus knows that he is hidden in us and we in him.

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