On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: March 31, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


We must remember that many find difficulty in accepting Jesus because they have not encountered Him in a deep personal way. Even among Catholic ‘believers’ there are skeptics but their skepticism go unspoken for fear of reprisal. So while lips may sing His praises, their hearts are from from Him.

Those of us who truly believe and are alive in Him, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ;recall then your humble beginnings. Was it not His continued patience and love that led you to your first encounter. He sent many your way as instruments of His grace to journey with you. When your heart was finally opened in sweet surrender so too was your mind and soul.

Let us come forward to become instruments of His grace for others. Let us be guided by the Holy Spirit as we serve as guides, beacons of His light, mercy and great love for all. Amen

First reading
Wisdom 2:1,12-22

The godless say to themselves, with their misguided reasoning:

‘Our life is short and dreary,
nor is there any relief when man’s end comes, nor is anyone known who can give release from Hades. Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man, since he annoys us and opposes our way of life, reproaches us for our breaches of the law and accuses us of playing false to our upbringing.
He claims to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a son of the Lord. Before us he stands, a reproof to our way of thinking, the very sight of him weighs our spirits down; his way of life is not like other men’s, the paths he treads are unfamiliar.
In his opinion we are counterfeit; he holds aloof from our doings as though from filth;
he proclaims the final end of the virtuous as happy and boasts of having God for his father.
Let us see if what he says is true,
let us observe what kind of end he himself will have. If the virtuous man is God’s son, God will take his part and rescue him from the clutches of his enemies.
Let us test him with cruelty and with torture, and thus explore this gentleness of his and put his endurance to the proof. Let us condemn him to a shameful death since he will be looked after – we have his word for it.’

This is the way they reason, but they are misled, their malice makes them blind. They do not know the hidden things of God,
they have no hope that holiness will be rewarded, they can see no reward for blameless souls.

Gospel
John 7:1-2,10,25-30

Jesus stayed in Galilee; he could not stay in Judaea, because the Jews were out to kill him.
As the Jewish feast of Tabernacles drew near, However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went up as well, but quite privately, without drawing attention to himself. Meanwhile some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, ‘Isn’t this the man they want to kill? And here he is, speaking freely, and they have nothing to say to him! Can it be true the authorities have made up their minds that he is the Christ? Yet we all know where he comes from, but when the Christ appears no one will know where he comes from. Then, as Jesus taught in the Temple, he cried out:

‘Yes, you know me and you know where I came from.
Yet I have not come of myself:
no, there is one who sent me
and I really come from him,
and you do not know him,
but I know him because I have come from him and it was he who sent me.’

They would have arrested him then, but because his time had not yet come no one laid a hand on him.

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