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Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Lk 11:47-54): The Lord said: “Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets whom your fathers killed... Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood!" The Lord said: “Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets whom your fathers killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute’ in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”

When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today, our silent God raises his voice more than ever. What a scolding! God carries the discretion in His DNA. On the other side are the usual ones: Pharisees, legalists and other leaders —who have been keeping the appearance of honorable people— take advantage of modest people. Jesus can’t stand with that! His indignation explodes in severe words.

- God does not keep things for himself, even if it costs him dearly: "They began to harass him." Never be discouraged; God is in our favor. Moreover, the resurrected Jesus has the last word!