On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 18, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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What is the purpose of fetching stones if not to maim, destroy and kill? What will drive you to want to throw stones at another? Rage? Personal hurts? Because the person said something terrible? Have you never done something wrong before? Do you think you deserve to be stoned for it?

What are the stones we cast at Jesus today? You would never, really? What do you call it then when your tongue lashing at another breaks the person’s spirit? Causes depression? When you gossip about someone and their reputation or dignity is ruined? When you lie or perjure to save your own skin? When you shout and scream at a child for tiny mistakes?Whatever you do to the least of my brethren you do unto me.

Then there are other stones of sin which we cast at Him when we say yes to them and give in; especially after declaring our love for Him.

Lord Jesus forgive me my many sins, shortcomings and weaknesses. Help me to remain faithful. Through Your power and grace I will overcome all evil and remain steadfast in Your love. Amen

First reading
Jeremiah 20:10-13

Jeremiah said:
I hear so many disparaging me, ‘“Terror from every side!”
Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’

All those who used to be my friends watched for my downfall, ‘Perhaps he will be seduced into error.

Then we will master him and take our revenge!’

But the Lord is at my side, a mighty hero; my opponents will stumble, mastered,
confounded by their failure;
everlasting, unforgettable disgrace will be theirs.

But you, O Lord of Hosts, you who probe with justice, who scrutinise the loins and heart,
let me see the vengeance you will take on them, for I have committed my cause to you.

Sing to the Lord,
praise the Lord, for he has delivered the soul of the needy from the hands of evil men.

Gospel
John 10:31-42

The Jews fetched stones to stone him, so Jesus said to them, ‘I have done many good works for you to see, works from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?’ The Jews answered him, ‘We are not stoning you for doing a good work but for blasphemy: you are only a man and you claim to be God.’ Jesus answered:

‘Is it not written in your Law:
I said, you are gods?

So the Law uses the word gods of those to whom the word of God was addressed, and scripture cannot be rejected.

Yet you say to someone the Father has consecrated and sent into the world, “You are blaspheming,” because he says, “I am the son of God.”

If I am not doing my Father’s work, there is no need to believe me; but if I am doing it, then even if you refuse to believe in me, at least believe in the work I do; then you will know for sure that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.’

They wanted to arrest him then, but he eluded them.

  He went back again to the far side of the Jordan to stay in the district where John had once been baptising. Many people who came to him there said, ‘John gave no signs, but all he said about this man was true’; and many of them believed in him.

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