Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday of the Fourth Week
It is hard to make sense of the first reading (Jeremiah 11:18-20) unless one reads it in the context of the rest of the chapter.  The Lord, through His prophet Jeremiah, is lecturing His people and scolding them for not honoring the covenant, for worshipping false gods, etc.  The people do not like this criticism and plot against him, even planning to kill him.  But Jeremiah puts his trust in the Lord and urges Him to take vengeance on those plotting against him.

The Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 7:2-3, 9b-12) reads almost like a continuation of Jeremiah’s words, placing trust in the Lord and seeking His protection.

The Gospel (John 7:40-53) finds Jesus preaching in the temple.  As in the first reading, He is lecturing the people, and while some believe Him to be the Christ, others do not, because He is from Galilee and they believe from the Scriptures that the Christ would come from Bethlehem.  I find it odd that someone (or Jesus Himself) didn’t just say that He was born in Bethlehem but moved to Galilee later.  It seems that the Pharisees held Galileans in low esteem, as they declared that no prophet would come from there.

Lord, make me unafraid to speak and seek the truth.  Give me an open mind to see the truth when it is before me.

Bill Thompson, Member of the Worshipping Community 

First Reading: Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 7:2-3, 9bc-12
Gospel: John 7:40-53

Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

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