Some words from our Gospel reading for today: ‘There was a division among the people over [Jesus]. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!”’ This ‘division’ of the people on account of Jesus is a recurring theme of John’s Gospel and recalls the words of the Letter to the Hebrews: ‘For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart’.

The Word of God sets a choice before us which will lay bare our innermost being. Let us pray that our own truth will stand clear before Him who is Truth itself. As the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote, ‘That my chaff might fly; my grain lie, sheer and clear …’

May God bless you as you approach this Passiontide.