In the Gospel for Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent, Jesus is teaching in the Temple.  Some listeners wonder among themselves if Jesus is the messiah.  They conclude not.  The Messiah is supposed to be a secret until Elijah returns.  And they know where Jesus grew up.  Jesus overhears their conversation.  “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” (John 7: 28-29).   Where Jesus grew up is not as important as who sent him.  God sent Jesus on his mission.  Only those who know God recognize who Jesus really is.  Jesus is keenly aware that God is with him.  I forget that.  I try to do things by myself.  I think I am my own agent.  I can only accomplish good things with the help of God.  God helps me through my parents, family, friends, co-workers, those whom I serve, and many others.  I do not operate on my own.  Like Jesus, the only “way to go” is to “go with God”.  Who helps you go with God?

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