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Hour of Jesus


Jesus used to say, his “hour” had not yet come (Jn 2:4; 7:6; 7:30; Mt 24:36). The hour of Jesus was the time for him “to pass from this world to the Father” (Jn 13:1) by fulfilling his mission through his passion, death, and resurrection. Though it was his willful act, his enemies had to implement it. So, it was their hour, and “the time for the power of darkness” (Lk 22:53).

Jesus used the expression, “the hour is coming” on several occasions in the sense of an imminent change. To the Samaritan woman Jesus said, “the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem” (Jn 4:21, 23). “The hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live” (Jn 5:25). “The hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voices” (Jn 5:28). “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” (Jn 12:23). “The hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God” (Jn 16:2). “The hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone” (Jn 16:32). All these are in the gospel of John.

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