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Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent (1st April, 2017) on the Gospel

 
Jer 11:18-20;
Ps 7:2-3.9-12 (R. v. 2);
Jn 7:40-52.

Topic: Towards God.
While embarking on any journey one must be prepared for challenges. Our journey towards God is not different. Two challenges stand out in today’s gospel, authority and knowledge.
Among the people who listened to Jesus some said, “This is really the prophet” and for others, “the Messiah.” Yet others questioned, “Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” They never knew that Jesus is both a Bethlehemite and a descendant of David, cf. Matt 1:1-16, 20; 2:1; Lk 2:1-7.
On the other hand, the chief priests and the Pharisees queried the temple police who returned without Jesus, “Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?” They suddenly turned these groups of men into other Simon Peters, cf. Matt 16:19.
Authorities and/or knowledge can either facilitate or impede journey towards God. Hence, the book of Proverbs reads, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan” (Prov 29:2; cf. Prov 28:12). And through the prophet Hosea God laments, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos 4:6).
We must be very careful in identifying and handling obstacles on our way towards God. Again, let us not constitute obstacle/s for others. And we must ask God for true knowledge that will enable us know Him better.
Bible Reading: Prov 2:1-22.
Thought for today: Truth remains even when no one recognises it.
Let us pray: Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonour through me, O my God – Amen (cf. Ps 69:6).

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