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Saturday, April 5th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 7:40-53.


Saturday of the Fourth week of Lent

5 APRIL 2014

Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said,
«This is truly the Prophet.»

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 7:40-53.

Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, «This is truly the Prophet.»
Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But others said, “The Messiah will not come from Galilee, will he?
Does not scripture say that the Messiah will be of David’s family and come from Bethlehem,
the village where David lived?”
So a division occurred in the crowd because of him.
Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?”
The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this one.”
So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived?
Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?
But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.”
Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them,
Does our law condemn a person before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?
They answered and said to him, “You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that
no prophet arises from Galilee.”
Then each went to his own house,

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Saturday of the Fourth week of Lent

Commentary of the day

Saint John of the Cross

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Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591),
Carmelite, Doctor of the Church
Ascent of Mount Carmel, II, ch. 22
(trans. ©ICS publications rev.)

“Never before has anyone spoken like this one”

God could answer: “My Son is my entire locution and response; vision and revelation, which I have already spoken, answered, manifested, and revealed to you by giving him to you as a brother, companion, master, ransom, and reward… ‘This is my beloved Son in I am well pleased, hear him’ (Mt 17,5).

If you desire me to answer with a word of comfort, behold my Son subject to me and to others out of love for me, and afflicted, and you will see how much he answers you. If you desire me to declare some secret truths or events to you, fix your eyes only on him and you will discern hidden in him the most secret mysteries and wisdom, and wonders of God, as my Apostle proclaims: “In the Son of God are hidden all the treasures of the wisdom and knowledge of God” (Col 2,3). These treasures of wisdom and knowledge will be for you far more sublime, delightful, and advantageous than what you want to know. The apostle, therefore, gloried, affirming that he had acted as though he knew no other than “Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1Cor 2,2). And if you should seek other divine or corporeal visions and revelations, behold him, become human, and you will find more than you imagine. For the apostle Paul also says: “In Christ all the fullness of the divinity dwells bodily” (Col 2,9).”

One should not, then, inquire of God in this manner, nor is it necessary for God to speak any more…: there is no more faith to reveal, nor will there ever be.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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