Bible Readings – "Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us." (Wisdom 2:12) – (Day 31)

Dear Lord God,  "Let us beset the just one, because he is inconvenient to us." Today’s readings reminds me of what I must expect if I walk with Christ, for as the world viewed and judged Him, so shall those of the world view us. I use parts from booth translations because I think ‘inconvenient’ is a better description for today’s times; but we must believe, accept and understand that we who seek Jesus’ image are not of this world. Under the sun they hated, insulted, tortured and crucified Him, unable to understand, unwilling to try. One could say, the world sees through ‘eyes of doubt’, while we see with ‘eyes of faith’. Faith that leads to hope, and hope that leads to love; love for Him and through and in our love for Him we must learn to release what He gives to us; the love that He through His passion gave for us, we must give to others. Lord Jesus help me to learn to love as You do. To see with "eyes of faith’ understanding that we are just visitors under the sun. In Your Holy name I pray, Amen.


Frequent and daily Communion is greatly desired by our Lord and the Church.

— Pope St. Pius X


Wisdom 2:1, 12-22

1 For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves, "Short and sorrowful is our life, and there is no remedy when a man comes to his end, and no one has been known to return from Hades. 12 "Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training. 13 He professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord. 14 He became to us a reproof of our thoughts; 15 the very sight of him is a burden to us, because his manner of life is unlike that of others, and his ways are strange. 16 We are considered by him as something base, and he avoids our ways as unclean; he calls the last end of the righteous happy, and boasts that God is his father. 17 Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; 18 for if the righteous man is God’s son, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries. 19 Let us test him with insult and torture, that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance. 20 Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected." 21 Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray, for their wickedness blinded them, 22 and they did not know the secret purposes of God, nor hope for the wages of holiness, nor discern the prize for blameless souls;

Bible Study: [12-20] Often applied to the Passion of our Lord; many have understood these verses as a direct prophecy. Cf Matthew 27:41-44

Psalm 34:17-21, 23

17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the LORD delivers him out of them all. 20 He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked; and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

Bible Study: [Psalm 34] Of David. A thanksgiving in acrostic form, each line beginning with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In this psalm one letter is missing and two are in reverse order. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone (Psalm 34:4, 12). God will make them powerful (Psalm 34:5-11) and give them protection (Psalm 34:12-22).

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

1 After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not go about in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him. 2 Now the Jews’ feast of Tabernacles was at hand. 10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. 25 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, "Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? 26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? 27 Yet we know where this man comes from; and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from." 28 So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, "You know me, and you know where I come from? But I have not come of my own accord; he who sent me is true, and him you do not know. 29 I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me." 30 So they sought to arrest him; but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.

Bible Study: [26] The authorities: the members of the Sanhedrin (same term as John 3:1).


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