On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: December 12, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


We want answers to our prayers but will not accept a negative response or to hear the truth. We want to know and hear God speak to us but are not prepared to do what is necessary to listen. So then, why question if you feel you are not making any progress, experience no growth in your faith or your relationship with the Lord your God?

Only through prayer and a deep dwelling in the living Word of God will we be able to gaze a little into the depths of the heart of the Lord our God. Mysteries will be unraveled little by little according to His Will. Nor all messages we receive are meant for us or us alone but to be passed on. This is what it means to share a little in the wisdom of the all powerful and almighty God.

The Lord desires to speak to the heart of all of us. If only we would listen, harden not our hearts. Amen

First reading
Numbers 24:2-7,15-17

Raising his eyes Balaam saw Israel, encamped by tribes; the spirit of God came on him and he declaimed his poem. He said:

‘The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man with far-seeing eyes, the oracle of one who hears the word of God.
He sees what Shaddai makes him see, receives the divine answer, and his eyes are opened.
How fair are your tents, O Jacob! How fair your dwellings, Israel! Like valleys that stretch afar, like gardens by the banks of a river, like aloes planted by the Lord, like cedars beside the waters! A hero arises from their stock, he reigns over countless peoples. His king is greater than Agag, his majesty is exalted.’

Then Balaam declaimed his poem again. He said:

‘The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man with far-seeing eyes, the oracle of one who hears the word of God, of one who knows the knowledge of the Most High.
He sees what Shaddai makes him see, receives the divine answer, and his eyes are opened. I see him– but not in the present, I behold him– but not close at hand: a star from Jacob takes the leadership, a sceptre arises from Israel.’

Gospel
Matthew 21:23-27

Jesus had gone into the Temple and was teaching, when the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him and said, ‘What authority have you for acting like this? And who gave you this authority?’ ‘And I’ replied Jesus ‘will ask you a question, only one; if you tell me the answer to it, I will then tell you my authority for acting like this. John’s baptism: where did it come from: heaven or man?’ And they argued it out this way among themselves, ‘If we say from heaven, he will retort, “Then why did you refuse to believe him?”; but if we say from man, we have the people to fear, for they all hold that John was a prophet.’ So their reply to Jesus was, ‘We do not know.’ And he retorted, ‘Nor will I tell you my authority for acting like this.’

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