Thursday, April 04, 2019
FRIDAY, 4th Week of Lent
April 5, 2019 – FRIDAY, 4th Week of Lent
St. Vincent Ferrer, Priest and Missionary
Wis 2: 1a, 12 – 22 / Jn 7: 1 – 2, 10, 25 – 30
Born in Valencia, Spain, St. Vincent Ferrer (1350 – 1419) was a renowned preacher, missionary and theologian.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Wis 2: 12 – 16
Let us set a trap for the righteous, for he annoys us and opposes our way of life; he reproaches us for our breaches of the Law and accuses us of being false to our upbringing. He claims knowledge of God and calls himself son of the Lord. He has become a reproach to our way of thinking; even to meet him is burdensome to us. He does not live like others and behaves strangely.
According to him we have low standards, so he keeps aloof from us as if we were unclean. He emphasizes the happy end of the righteous and boasts of having God as his father.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 7: 1 – 2, 10, 25 – 30
After this Jesus went around Galilee; he would not go about in Judea because the Jews wanted to kill him. Now the Jewish feast of the Tents was at hand. . .
But after his brothers had gone to the festival, he also went up, not publicly but in secret. . .
Some of the people of Jerusalem said, "Is this not the man they want to kill? And here he is speaking freely, and they don't say a word to him? Can it be that the rulers know that this is really the Christ? Yet we know where this man comes from, but when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from."
So Jesus announced in a loud voice in the Temple court where he was teaching, "You say that you know me and know where I come from! I have not come of myself; I was sent by the One who is true and you don't know him. I know him for I come from him and he sent me."
They would have arrested him, but no one laid hands on him because his time had not yet come.
Jesus was in danger because the leaders of the Jews wanted to arrest and neutralize him. Jesus was acting in his day and society like an activist or reformer in our day and society: of course, those in power felt threatened and wished to stifle their protests and influence.
Jesus spoke up against the inconsiderate rules and regulations of Jewish religious society; Jesus spoke up against the type of leadership which prevailed, a leadership of power and prestige, rather than of care and service.
Jesus was targeted by those in power yet they could not act: "They would have arrested him, but no one laid hands on him because his time had not yet come." Also the leaders feared that so many listened to him and followed him.
Do we see novelty in the Gospel message? How relevant is the Gospel message in our modern world?
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Joanna Cailey Chua Marantan
Maribeth C. Tolentino
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