The Gospel from today’s Mass (John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30) recalls the courage of Christ in the face of the muderous intent of the Jewish leadership:

[1]After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not go about in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.  [2] Now the Jews’ feast of Tabernacles was at hand….[10]But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private….[25]Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? [26] And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? [27] Yet we know where this man comes from; and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.” [28] So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from? But I have not come of my own accord; he who sent me is true, and him you do not know. [29] I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” [30] So they sought to arrest him; but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.

Our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrates a heroic, a Holy Courage, in the face of death:

In our world, we celebrate heroic acts of bravery and courage.

Jesus Christ is the perfection of virtue; we should marvel at His courage…and be awed at His power.