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                   even though He knew the extent of the difficulties this choice imposed, the greatness of

                   the risk, and the very slim chances of success.
                     A verse in St. John’s Gospel gives us an inkling of the reasons which prompted Jesus to

                   adopt this attitude:

                     Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in

                   this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what
                   we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews .
                     The text is clear. As the last words of this quotation indicate, the Jews should have

                   participated actively in Jesus' work for it to have been a complete success which would

                   have benefited the whole human society.
                     This is why it was so important to approach the Jews who, as the chosen people, were

                   the unique depositaries of the Alliance with God. The Saviour's attitude was the only

                   one that corresponded with the plan He had established. It was to put this plan into

                   execution that He came into the world at a period when humanity was marking time
                   instead of crossing the interval that would have enabled it to enter into its phase of


                     The beauty and force of the Word that gives to those that receive it, the power to
                   become the Children of God  should have found an echo in the hearts of the scribes
                   and  Pharisees.  But  the  latter  were  too  attached  to  the  letter  of  the  Law  and

                   concentrated their zeal on the out-

                        John, IV, 21-22.
                        John, I, 12.
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