My Time Has Not Yet Come

Reflection and Question: Jesus is confident but not reckless. He knows that forces are gathering against Him and so He declines to go publicly with His brothers to the annual Festival of Booths. Jesus explains this decision by saying, “My time has not yet come.” He does go in secret to the religious ceremony and, while there, hears the strife over who He is and the value of His teaching. But what Jesus pays closest attention to is the will and voice of His Father, as He waits for God’s command to action which will come in due time. But not now. When have you concluded, “My time has not yet come?”

Prayer: Holy Spirit of God, You directed Jesus in all His words and ways. You let Him know the right time for action and for patient waiting. He left You to teach and comfort us. Inspire us as You did Him, making us Your beloved children, too. Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).