Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (28th May, 2016) on the Gospel
(Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, Opt. Mem)


Jude 17.20-25;
Ps 62:2-6. (R. v. 2);
Mk 11:27-33.

Topic: Do not protect evil.

Jesus was walking in the temple when the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to Him in today’s gospel and asked, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus asked them in return, “Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” After arguing among themselves they replied, “We do not know.” And consequently, Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

Their questions referred to the cleaning of the temple that made them look for a way to kill Jesus, cf. Mk 11:18. As a result, these questions must be traps to actualise their plan. Unfortunately for them, the words of the Psalmist were fulfilled: “The nations have sunk in the pit which they made; in the net which they hid has their own foot been caught” (Ps 9:15).

The chief priests, the scribes, and the elders made fortune out of the illegal transactions in the temple, cf. Mk 11:17; Is 56:7. As a result, they saw Jesus as a big threat to their source of wealth and were determined to bring Him to an end.

These men were leaders of the people both in the religious and civil matters. However, the love of money has made them wander away from God, cf. 1Tim 6:10. Wait a minute, what about you and me? We all have areas very important to us. It is very important to find out what actually moves each and every one of us to the defence of those things.

Bible Reading: Ps 23.

Thought for today: Do not deny God by your actions, cf. Tit 1:16.

Let us pray: God, help us to be good both to you and to our brothers and sisters – Amen.

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