Reflection: What I love about this passage in the Gospel of John is the clear message that Jesus would not be distracted. Pilate wanted him to claim his royalty. Jesus quickly put that back on Pilate. Instead, he focused on his purpose, and what a powerful statement. “the reason…is to testify to the truth”. How often are we distracted from our main purpose? Let me suggest – way too often.
Recognise it for what it is. Someone has hurt you. Forgive them and move on. The boss overlooked you. Get over it and move on. Your spouse snapped at you. Calmly resolve it and move on. I know this can be hard, but we have a life model in Jesus to help us.
Jesus said those words knowing what was ahead of him. As we head into Holy Week, even though we will be unable to be physically together, may we know that we are on the side of truth and that Jesus is our Saviour.
Prayer: Creator God, help me to overcome the distractions which stop me giving my full attention to what you have called me to do. Help me to forgive others as you forgive me. Grant me insights about myself so that I can recognise distractions before they overwhelm me and others.
In Christ’s name, Amen.