Saturday of the Fourth Week of LentLectionary: 249

Reading 1 JER 11:18-20
I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;

at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings.
Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,

had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:

“Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;

let us cut him off from the land of the living,

so that his name will be spoken no more.”
But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,

searcher of mind and heart,

Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,

for to you I have entrusted my cause!

Responsorial Psalm PS 7:2-3, 9BC-10, 11-12
R. (2a) O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.

O LORD, my God, in you I take refuge;

save me from all my pursuers and rescue me,

Lest I become like the lion’s prey,

to be torn to pieces, with no one to rescue me.

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

Do me justice, O LORD, because I am just,

and because of the innocence that is mine.

Let the malice of the wicked come to an end,

but sustain the just,

O searcher of heart and soul, O just God.

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

A shield before me is God,

who saves the upright of heart;

A just judge is God,

a God who punishes day by day.

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

Verse Before The Gospel SEE LK 8:15
Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart

and yield a harvest through perseverance.

Gospel JN 7:40-53
Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said,

“This is truly the Prophet.”

Others said, “This is the Christ.”

But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he?

Does not Scripture say that the Christ 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 man.”

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 man 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.


“Let us destroy the tree in its vigor; let us cut him off from the land of the living.” —Jeremiah 11:19


The Lord informed Jeremiah (Jer 11:18) “of the evil done by the house of Israel and by the house of Judah” (Jer 11:17). Yet Jeremiah did not realize “that they were hatching plots against” him (Jer 11:19). Like Jeremiah, we know we live in a culture of death. We know that sin is not only committed but glorified. We even know that we have enemies and persecutors. Nonetheless, do we realize that the devil is “prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”? (1 Pt 5:8) But for the grace of God, we could be killed today. As “children of God beyond reproach in the midst of a twisted and depraved generation” (Phil 2:15), we are in extreme danger. If we only knew the thousands of times the Lord in His mercy has saved each of our lives, we would give our lives totally to Him and thank Him forever!
How shall we “make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done” for us? (Ps 116:12) Thank God for the gifts of life, His loving protection, victory over the evil one, peace, and eternal life. Worship the Lord in Spirit and truth (Jn 4:24). Tell everyone about the Lord. Rejoice in Him always (Phil 4:4). “Should anyone ask you the reason for this hope of yours, be ever ready to reply” (1 Pt 3:15). The Lord has repeatedly saved your life and given you eternal life. Live for love of Jesus.

Prayer: Father, “though a thousand fall” at my side, ten thousand at my right side, near me “it shall not come” (Ps 91:7).

Promise: “No man ever spoke like that before.” —Jn 7:46

Praise: Steve woke up, unharmed, after falling asleep while driving. Deeply moved, he thanked God and renewed His commitment to Jesus.


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