Gospel of the day

Saturday March 24, 2018

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 11:45-56.

Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, "What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation." But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish." He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him. So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews, but he left for the region near the desert, to a town called Ephraim, and there he remained with his disciples. Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before Passover to purify themselves. They looked for Jesus and said to one another as they were in the temple area, "What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?"


Commentary Saint Robert Bellarmine
O Lord, everything you teach us might seem too difficult, too heavy to bear, if you were to speak to us from another level, but since you teach us more by example than in speech, you who are “Master and Teacher” (Jn 13:14), how could we venture to contradict you, we who are servants and pupils. What you say is perfectly true, what you command is perfectly just: the cross from which you speak is a proof of it. This blood flowing down in torrents is also its witness: it cries out with all its might (Gn 4:10). And finally, this death itself: if it could tear apart the veil of the Temple from a distance and split the hardest of rocks (Mt 27:51), how could it not do the same – and still more – to the hearts of believers? How could it not lead them to surrender themselves? Lord, we would repay you with love for love, and if our desire to follow you does not as yet come from our love for you, frail as it is, may it at least come from our love for your love. If you draw us after you “we will run to the fragrance of your sweet odors” (Sg 1:4 LXX). Not only do we wish to love and follow you but we are determined to despise this world... when we see how you, our leader, did not concern yourself with the enjoyments of this life. We behold you confronting death, not on your bed but on the wood that renders justice. King though you were, you wanted no other throne than this gallows... Drawn by the wisdom of your example as king we repel the call of this world and its pleasures and taking your cross on our shoulders we determine to follow you alone... Only grant us the help we need; make us strong enough to follow you.

All for the greater glory of God.

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