Scripture: 1st Reading: Jer20,10-13; Resp. Psalm: Ps18,1-6; Gosp. Accl.: Jn6,63,68; Gospel: Jn10,31-42
Whisperings. Murmurings. Secret meetings. Alignments and realignments. Arch enemies becoming strange partners and forming strange alliances because of the thirst for the blood of a so called common enemy. The intrigues, groupings, all with the sole purpose of silencing an uncomfortable truth.
Terror. Denunciations. Deafness to the truth of the word, but eagerness to detect loopholes and infringement of the law in order to press a charge against the innocent. Blood chilling eagerness to close differences and plan for the fall of a perceived common foe and exact maximum revenge on him.
It was the lot of the prophet Jeremiah. It became the lot of the Son of God. It has continued to be and will continue to be the lot of all who espouse the truth. The immediate laugh belongs to the planners of this show of shame and perpetrators of injustice and wickedness. The last laugh always belongs to the innocent. This is because the Almighty would never abandon His own or allow their trust in Him to be disappointed.
Jeremiah so put his trust in the Lord in today's first reading that he knew that even if he died, his death would just be the beginning of a new life that Yahweh would offer him. The adversary would be shamed, stumble and would fail in their plans. "Their dishonour will never be forgotten." This is because Yahweh would exact His vengeance upon the wicked who put an end to the life of the righteous because the righteous committed their cause to the Lord.
The opposition to our Lord is gathering steam. In today's gospel, He was accused of blasphemy, making Himself God. They only saw the humanity in Him. They did not recognize the One who was consecrated and sent into the world, the One who did the works of His Father; the One who was in the Father and the Father was in Him.
He was accused of blasphemy because their sights were limited and lacked proper discernment. Even with all signs He performed, signs which no one before Him had ever performed, they still resisted to give assent of faith in Him. Rather, they planned to arrest Him and kill Him. Let us follow Him in these days of His transition to the Father. Let us be grateful for all He did on our behalf.
In the midst of adversities, crises and disappointments of life, the life of our Lord provides us model and example to follow. In the midst of the enemies that surround us, He reminds us that we have a God who is with us as a dread warrior. In the midst of our difficulties, He reminds us that our sufferings have a shelf life and an expiry date. If we could be faithful to the end, He would never turn His back on us.
Let us pray: "Pardon the offences of your peoples, we pray, O Lord, and in your goodness set us free from the bonds of the sins we have committed in our weakness." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.