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Daily Prayer 2016-05-28
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From Heaven or Earth?
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
May 28, 2016 - Saturday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Father John Doyle, LC
Jesus and his disciples returned once
more to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the Temple,
the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to
him and said, "By what authority are you doing these
things? Who gave you this authority to do them?" Jesus
said to them, "I will ask you one question; answer
me, and I will tell you by what authority I
do these things. Did the baptism of John come from
heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me." They
argued with one another, "If we say, ´From heaven,´ he
will say, ´Why then did you not believe him?´ But
shall we say, ´Of human origin´?” - they were afraid
of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a
prophet. So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And
Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by
what authority I am doing these things."
Introductory Prayer: Once again,
Lord, I come to you to pray. Even though I
cannot see you, I trust that you are present and
want very much to instruct me in your teachings. In
the same way you demonstrate your love for me by
spending this time with me, I want to express my
love for you by dedicating this time to you with
a spirit of faith, confidence and attention. Here I am,
Lord, to listen to you and respond with love.
grant me true sincerity and uprightness of life.
Day After: It was the day after Jesus had caused
an uproar in the Temple at Jerusalem, the like of
which had not been seen for a long time. Jesus
had overturned the moneychangers’ tables and driven out the animals.
Anyone else would surely have landed in prison, but this
was Christ, and his hour had not yet come. Still
the chief priests and scribes are looking for an explanation
–– or better an excuse –– to accuse Jesus. He
shrewdly answers their inquiry with a question that they cannot
answer for fear of revealing their insincerity before the crowds.
How this insincerity on the part of the scribes and
Pharisees offended Our Lord! He would not speak to them
plainly because their purpose was to twist his words. Do
I detest insincerity as well? Do I find traces of
dishonesty in my own life? Am I more concerned about
what others think or about what Christ thinks?
Why Did You Not Believe in Him? Jesus did not
say these words, but they knew he could have. Their
troubled consciences were aware it would have been a fitting
accusation. Why had they not believed in the precursor of
the Lord? Was it not for the same reasons that
they would not believe in the Lord himself? John the
Baptist had called them on their insincerity. They went to
receive his baptism of repentance, but they did not really
mean to amend their lives. Would Jesus have to reproach
me for any insincerity? Do I ever go to receive
the sacrament of penance without a real desire to change
my life? Or do I avoid confession altogether because I
really don’t see anything in my behavior that needs to
- We Do Not Know: This is certainly
not the first or the last time that ignorance is
pleaded to avoid the consequences of the truth, but this
kind of ignorance is clearly culpable. The speakers were not
uneducated men, but rather the leaders of God’s people, responsible
for guiding them along the way of God’s covenant. While
it was generally accepted that John the Baptist had been
a great prophet who stirred sinners to repentance with his
preaching and example of austerity, the Jewish authorities were unwilling
to accept that anyone besides themselves could claim any authority
in God’s name. Truly they did know, but they were
unwilling to accept the truth. Do I ever lean on
ignorance in plowing forward with some action that I’m not
sure is quite right?
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, at times
I know what your will for me is, but it
costs me greatly to put it into practice. Sometimes I
am too worried about what others think and say, or
I am afraid of the consequences. Grant me a spirit
of sincerity and strength always to accept and follow your
Resolution: I will arrive a little early to Mass tomorrow
in order to spend a few quiet moments with Our
Lord asking for the grace of always being sincere and
upright in my actions.
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