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April 1, 2006
Saturday 4th week of Lent - Yr II
I knew their plot because the LORD informed me; at that time you, O
LORD, showed me their doings. Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to
slaughter, had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:
"Let us destroy the tree in its vigor; let us cut him off from the land
of the living, so that his name will be spoken no more." But, you, O
LORD of hosts, O just Judge, searcher of mind and heart, Let me witness
the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause!
Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, "This is truly
the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But others said, "The
Christ will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not Scripture say that
the Christ will be of David's family and come from Bethlehem, the
village where David lived?" So a division occurred in the crowd because
of him. Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands
on him. So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who
asked them, "Why did you not bring him?" The guards answered, "Never
before has anyone spoken like this man." So the Pharisees answered
them, "Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the
Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law,
is accursed." Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him
earlier, said to them, "Does our law condemn a man before it first
hears him and finds out what he is doing?" They answered and said to
him, "You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no
prophet arises from Galilee." Then each went to his own house.
The Gospel today has Jesus also caught up in controversy. The people in
the crowd are divided, some thinking him to be the prophet or even the
Messiah, others denying he is either, some even in favor of his arrest.
Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin, who secretly
became a disciple of Jesus, openly defends him, asserting that the law
allows no one to be condemned without the facts having been established
and without the accused being given a hearing. Nicodemus's colleagues,
dismiss his legal advice with smothering ridicule.
Jesus and Jeremiah are alike in several ways. Each is a prophet sent by
God. Each preaches the truth as God wants it preached. Each enjoys a
close relationship with God. Each turns to God in prayer when
difficulties and problems arise. But it is here that Jesus and Jeremiah
differ completely from each other - in their prayer.
In the first reading, Jeremiah prays that God will take revenge on his
enemies and that he be allowed to look on when God's vengeance consumes
his enemies. Jesus will pray-and in this he is being true to his
teaching-Jesus will pray for those who are crucifying him. This is the
great difference between the two testaments. Jesus here brings Jewish
Law to fulfillment. The desire for vengeance against an enemy is to be
replaced by love for the enemy. The law of love is to dominate
Christian thinking and behavior.
We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery and spiritual healing of Primitiva Guan Ang
- for the speedy recovery of Nieves Pilapil.
- for the personal intentions of Nery Ramos.
- healings for Ian, Fr Steve, Carol, Cindy R, Mary Ann, Charlie J and
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): Leticia A. Tung
- In Memoriam (+): Asing Seto
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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