April 11, 2014

Reading

The Book of the Prophet Jeremiah    20: 10-13

20:10 For I heard the insults of many, and terror all around: ‘Persecute him!’ and, ‘Let us persecute him!’ from all the men who had been at peace with me and who had kept watch by my side. ‘If only there were some way that he might be deceived, and we might prevail against him and obtain vengeance from him!’
20:11 But the Lord is with me, like a strong warrior. For this reason, those who persecute me will fall, and they will be ineffective. They will be greatly confounded. For they have not understood the everlasting disgrace that will never be wiped away.
20:12 And you, O Lord of hosts, the Tester of the just, who sees the temperament and the heart: I beg you to let me see your vengeance upon them. For I have revealed my case to you.
20:13 Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord! For he has freed the soul of the poor from the hand of the wicked.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to John   10: 31-42

10:31 Therefore, the Jews took up stones, in order to stone him.
10:32 Jesus answered them: “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone me?”
10:33 The Jews answered him: “We do not stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy and because, though you are a man, you make yourself God.”
10:34 Jesus responded to them: “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said: you are gods?’
10:35 If he called those to whom the word of God was given gods, and Scripture cannot be broken,
10:36 why do you say, about him whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You have blasphemed,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’
10:37 If I do not do the works of my Father, do not believe in me.
10:38 But if I do them, even if you are not willing to believe in me, believe the works, so that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”
10:39 Therefore, they sought to apprehend him, but he escaped from their hands.
10:40 And he went again across the Jordan, to that place where John first was baptizing. And he lodged there.
10:41 And many went out to him. And they were saying: “Indeed, John accomplished no signs.
10:42 But all things whatsoever that John said about this man were true.” And many believed in him.

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