On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 2, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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‘Let us destroy the tree in its strength, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name may be quickly forgotten!’ ‘Would the Christ be from Galilee? ‘You have been led astray as well? Have any of the authorities believed in him? Any of the Pharisees? This rabble knows nothing about the Law – they are damned.’ Vicious? Vindictive? Spiteful? Mob mentality?

How about this then? “She thinks so highly of herself? let us take her down a peg or two!” “He thinks himself so holy moly, we don’t need him in our group let him be with his own kind!” “He is a layperson from which church again? How good can his talk be?” “Let us just ignore all she has to say, after all she wanted to be the leader right? Let’s see how she leads with everyone boycotting her!”

Is Jesus in our heart when we do and say things like that?

O Lord of Hosts, who pronounce a just sentence, who probe the loins and heart, have mercy on me a sinner. Help me renounce and overcome every form of hatred of heart so that I may love alone. Heal me and make me whole. Be my safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the evil one. Let me glorify and honour You all the days of my life in all that I say and do. Amen

First reading

Jeremiah 11:18-20 ·

‘Let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name may be quickly forgotten’

The Lord revealed it to me; I was warned. O Lord, that was when you opened my eyes to their scheming. I for my part was like a trustful lamb being led to the slaughter-house, not knowing the schemes they were plotting against me, ‘Let us destroy the tree in its strength, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name may be quickly forgotten!’

But you, the Lord of Hosts, who pronounce a just sentence,

who probe the loins and heart,

let me see the vengeance you will take on them,

for I have committed my cause to you.

Gospel

John 7:40-52

The Law does not allow us to pass judgement on a man without hearing him

Several people who had been listening to Jesus said, ‘Surely he must be the prophet’, and some said, ‘He is the Christ’, but others said, ‘Would the Christ be from Galilee? Does not scripture say that the Christ must be descended from David and come from the town of Bethlehem?’ So the people could not agree about him. Some would have liked to arrest him, but no one actually laid hands on him.

    The police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees who said to them, ‘Why haven’t you brought him?’ The police replied, ‘There has never been anybody who has spoken like him.’ ‘So’ the Pharisees answered ‘you have been led astray as well? Have any of the authorities believed in him? Any of the Pharisees? This rabble knows nothing about the Law – they are damned.’ One of them, Nicodemus – the same man who had come to Jesus earlier – said to them, ‘But surely the Law does not allow us to pass judgement on a man without giving him a hearing and discovering what he is about?’ To this they answered, ‘Are you a Galilean too? Go into the matter, and see for yourself: prophets do not come out of Galilee.’

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