13 October 2016
Thursday, 28th Week in Ordinary Time
Eph 1:1– 10 / Lk 11:47 – 54
From the 1st Reading: Eph 1:1 – 7
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus, to you who share Christian faith: receive grace and peace from God our Father and from Jesus the Lord. Blessed be God, the Father of Christ Jesus our Lord, who in Christ has blessed us from heaven with every spiritual blessing. God chose us in Christ before the creation of the world to be holy and without sin in his presence. From eternity he destined us in love to be his sons and daughters through Christ Jesus, thus fulfilling his free and generous will. This goal suited him: that his loving-kindness which he granted us in his Beloved might finally receive all glory and praise. For in Christ we obtain freedom, sealed by his blood, and have the forgiveness of sins. In this appears the greatness of his grace, which he has lavished on us.
From the Gospel Reading: Lk 11: 47 - 53
Jesus said, "A curse is for you, for you build memorials to the prophets our ancestors killed. So you approve and disagree with what your ancestors did. Is it not so? They got rid of the prophets. And now you can build. (The Wisdom of God also said,) "I will send prophets and apostles and this people will kill and persecute some of them. But the present generation will have to answer for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was murdered between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I will tell you, the people of all time will have to answer for them all.
"A curse is on you, teachers of the law, for you have taken the key of knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have prevented others from entering.
In the Gospel reading Jesus strongly admonishes and even puts curses on the Pharisees and the Jewish teachers of the Law for their hypocrisy. While preaching righteousness and justice, they themselves were lacking in action and even did the opposite of what they preached. They built memorials for the very same prophets whom their ancestors had rejected and even killed. They had not lived good lives and had not taught people well; thus their people had not led good lives because they knew no better: "for you have taken the key of knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have prevented others from entering." (Lk 11: 53)
In contrast in the first reading from his letter to his beloved Christians in Ephesus, Paul blesses God for his loving-kindness and grace to the "saints in Ephesus," to those "God chose in Christ before the creation of the world to be holy and without sin in his presence" (Eph 1: 4) We pray that we be not counted with the hypocritical Pharisees and teachers of the Law whom Jesus cursed but be among the "saints" whom Paul loved, taught and nourished.
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