FIRST READING
“I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter.”
A reading from the Book  of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 11:18-20)

The Lord made it known to me and I knew; then you did 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 judge righteously, who test the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause.

The word of the Lord

RESPONSORIAL PSALM   Psalm 7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12 (R. 2a)
R/. O Lord, my God, I take refuge in you

O Lord, my God, I take refuge in you.
Save and rescue me from all my pursuers,
lest they tear me apart like a lion,
and drag me off with no one to rescue me. R/.

Give judgement for me, O Lord,
for I am just and blameless of heart.
Put an end to the evil of the wicked!
Make the just man stand firm;
it is you who test mind and heart,
O God of justice! R/.

R/. O Lord, my God, I take refuge in you.

God is a shield before me,
who saves the upright of heart.
God is a judge, just and powerful and patient,
not exercising anger every day. R/.

Gospel Acclamation Luke 8: 15
Glory and praise to you, O Christ. Blessed are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience. Glory and praise to you, O Christ

GOSPEL
“Is the Christ to come from Galilee?”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (John 7:40-53)

At that time: When they heard the words of Jesus, 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 thy 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.

The Gospel of the Lord

TODAY’S REFLECTION
Jesus’ words brought division among the people. There were those who believed he is the Messiah, and there were others who did not. Those who did not believe he is the Christ had their minds fixated wrongly on the Scriptures. The scriptures ought to bring understanding and enlightenment to them, but they seemed to have misunderstood it totally. The Word of God was right before them, yet they could not see him. The story has not really changed today as God’s Word is being misinterpreted daily and used to justify every action that is carried out whether good or bad. We should ask for the grace of understanding the Word of God so as not to cause havoc to ourselves and to others

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