Friday, March 27, 2009

The Fourth Week of Lent: Saturday

FIRST READING (Jeremiah 11:18-20)
The Lord made it known to me and I knew; then thou didst show me their evil deeds.

But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. I did not know it was against me they devised schemes, saying, "Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more."

But, O Lord of hosts, who judgest righteously, who triest the heart and the mind, let me see thy vengeance upon them, for to thee have I committed my cause.

GOSPEL (John 7:40-53)
When they heard these words, some of the people said, "This is really the prophet."

Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"

So there was a division among the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why did you not bring him?" The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!"

The Pharisees answered them, "Are you led astray, you also? Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed."

Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, "Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?"

They replied, "Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee."

They went each to his own house

When I get up in the morning I enjoy a cup of strong coffee (some called it “liquid tar”), watch BBC News on TV, and then drive to Creighton listening to NPR. I like a structured life and following a daily routine. Perhaps most of us do. In general, such habits are positive. They relieve us from thinking about each and every little step we take during the day. We simply follow the routine without having to spend a lot of time and energy thinking what we should do next! Click HERE to continue reading . . .

guide us in your gentle mercy,
for left to ourselves
we cannot do your will.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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