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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 5, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Virtuous men and women after the heart of the Lord our God are generally seen as odd balls. They are often seen as unwelcomed company perhaps because they remind others those around of their shortcomings even though they may have not spoken a word. They take the ‘fun’ out of gatherings when they refuse to participate in indulgent activities. Their idea of a ‘good’ time is to praise and worship God in all they say and do. Enough with their sanctimonious attitudes!

The fact is that they who think such thoughts or say these things have hearts distant from the Lord our God. They have not encountered the living God and therefore have no knowledge of Him let alone a relationship. We must pray all the more for them, slowly and gently if God willing we will be given an opportunity to lead them to Christ Jesus our Lord. For we who have experienced the fullness of life in Him, know that all the sacrifices and challenges we face by carrying our cross to follow after Him; is miniscule compared to the bountiful graces and lavish gifts He showers upon us in His great love for us. Without Jesus there is no life.

Lord Jesus remain by my side in moments of great difficulty, amidst ridicule and persecution for my undying faith in You. Amen

Let us pray for the missionaries in the world…

First reading

Wisdom 2:1,12-22

Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man and condemn him to a shameful death

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.


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

They would have arrested him, but his time had not yet come

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, 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.