A TRIED STONE

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Reading 1, Wisdom 2:1, 12-22

1 And this is the false argument they use, ‘Our life is short and dreary, there is no remedy when our end comes, no one is known to have come back from Hades.
12 Let us lay traps for the upright man, since he annoys us and opposes our way of life, reproaches us for our sins against the Law, and accuses us of sins against our upbringing.
13 He claims to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord.
14 We see him as a reproof to our way of thinking, the very sight of him weighs our spirits down;
15 for his kind of life is not like other people’s, and his ways are quite different.
16 In his opinion we are counterfeit; he avoids our ways as he would filth; he proclaims the final end of the upright as blessed and boasts of having God for his father.
17 Let us see if what he says is true, and test him to see what sort of end he will have.
18 For if the upright man is God’s son, God will help him and rescue him from the clutches of his enemies.
19 Let us test him with cruelty and with torture, and thus explore this gentleness of his and put his patience to the test.
20 Let us condemn him to a shameful death since God will rescue him — or so he claims.’
21 This is the way they reason, but they are misled, since their malice makes them blind.
22 They do not know the hidden things of God, they do not hope for the reward of holiness, they do not believe in a reward for blameless souls.
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 34:17-18, 19-20, 21

17 They cry in anguish and Yahweh hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.
18 Yahweh is near to the broken-hearted, he helps those whose spirit is crushed.
19 Though hardships without number beset the upright, Yahweh brings rescue from them all.
20 Yahweh takes care of all their bones, not one of them will be broken.
21 But to the wicked evil brings death, those who hate the upright will pay the penalty.

Gospel, John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

1 After this Jesus travelled round Galilee; he could not travel round Judaea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him.
2 As the Jewish feast of Shelters drew near,
10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went up as well, not publicly but secretly.
25 Meanwhile some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, ‘Isn’t this the man they want to kill?
26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they have nothing to say to him! Can it be true the authorities have recognised that he is the Christ?
27 Yet we all know where he comes from, but when the Christ appears no one will know where he comes from.’
28 Then, as Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he cried out: You know me and you know where I came from. Yet I have not come of my own accord: but he who sent me is true; You do not know him,
29 but I know him because I have my being from him and it was he who sent me.
30 They wanted to arrest him then, but because his hour had not yet come no one laid a hand on him.
REFLECTION: A TRIED STONE (see Is 28:16)

“Many are the troubles of the just man, but out of them all the Lord delivers him.” –Psalm 34:20
Our trials, rather than being wasted time and experiences that keep us from being fruitful for Jesus, are actually a means to purify us and make us more fruitful disciples. “There is cause for rejoicing here. You may for a time have to suffer the distress of many trials; but this is so that your faith, which is more precious than the passing splendor of fire-tried gold, may by its genuineness lead to praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ appears” (1 Pt 1:6-7). Those who try us with insults, oppositions, or challenges are actually helping us to grow in radical trust in Jesus.
“My brothers, count it pure joy when you are involved in every sort of trial. Realize that when your faith is tested this makes for endurance” (Jas 1:2-3). “When you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials. For in fire gold is tested, and worthy men in the crucible of humiliation” (Sir 2:1, 5).
“No test has been sent you that does not come to all men. Besides, God keeps his promise. He will not let you be tested beyond your strength. Along with the test he will give you a way out of it so that you may be able to endure it” (1 Cor 10:13). “Many are the troubles of the just man, but out of them all the Lord delivers him” (Ps 34:20).
PRAYER: Father, “I consider the sufferings of the present to be as nothing compared to the glory to be revealed in us” (Rm 8:18). May everything that happens to me work for Your good (Rm 8:28).

PROMISE: “The Lord redeems the lives of His servants; no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in Him.” –Ps 34:23

PRAISE: Antonio persevered in faith and his marriage not only survived but thrives.

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