Bible Diary English

April 1, 2022

First Reading: Wis 2:1a, 12-22
Psalm:  Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 & 23
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.  
Gospel: Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Fri: Lenten Weekday. Day of abstinence from meat (age 14and up).

Wis 2: 1a. 12-22/ Ps 34: 17-18. 19-20. 21 and 23/ Jn 7: 1-2. 10. 25-30

1st Reading: Wis 2:1a, 12-22
Led by mistaken reasons they think, “Life is short and sad and there is no cure for death.”
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 father.
Let us see the truth of what he says and find out what his end will be. If the righteous is a son of God, God will defend him and deliver him from his adversaries.
Let us humble and torture him to prove his self-control and test his patience. When we have condemned him to a shameful death, we may test his words.”
This is the way they reason, but they are mistaken, blinded by their malice. They do not know the mysteries of God nor do they hope for the reward of a holy life; they do not believe that the blameless will be recompensed.

Responsorial Psalm; Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 & 23
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

Gospel: 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.

 

Reflection:

 

The Hour
Theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar presents the salvation history as theo-drama, which unfolds in various acts and scenes. Even when a tragic event happens at a given moment, there is lot more to unfold, and we must patiently wait for the climax even as we engage the given moment. In today’s first reading, people are plotting against the protagonist. They have an illusory sense of control. In the gospel, his enemies want to arrest Jesus yet cannot, because “his hour had not yet come.” How liberating would it be, if we truly believed that God is in charge and nothing could happen to us until our appointed time in the theo-drama of history arrived! Nothing would stop us then from living our prophetic vocation fearlessly, living our life of grace in full. How God dies a thousand deaths in us because we are too fearful to venture out of ourselves in defense of truth!

 

 

 

 

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