Daily Gospel – Saturday, June 1, 2024 – Mark 11,27-33 – Catholic Bible

First Reading (Jude 17.20b-25)

Reading of the Letter of Saint Jude.

But you, beloved, remember the words spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. Build yourselves on the foundation of your most holy faith and pray, in the Holy Spirit, so that you may remain in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, for eternal life. And to some, who are in doubt, you must treat with mercy. Others you must save by pulling them out of the fire. You must have pity on others still, but with fear, hating your own garment stained by the flesh… To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glory blameless and joyful, to the only God, our Savior , through Jesus Christ our Lord: glory, majesty, power and dominion, from before all ages, and now, and for all ages. Amen.

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Gospel (Mark 11,27-33)

— PROCLAMATION of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark.

— Glory to you, Lord.

At that time, Jesus and the disciples went back to Jerusalem. As Jesus was walking in the Temple, the high priests, teachers of the Law, and elders came to him and asked, “By what authority do you do these things? Who gave you authority to do these things?” Jesus replied: “I will ask you only one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I do this. Was John’s baptism from heaven or from men? Answer me.” They argued among themselves: “If we answer that it came from heaven, he will say, ‘Why didn’t you believe John?’ Shall we then say that he came from men? But they were afraid of the crowd, because everyone, in fact, had John as a prophet. So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” And Jesus said, “For neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

— Word of Salvation.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Reflecting the Word of God

Dear brothers and sisters, today we are invited to delve into the depths of faith and trust in God through the readings of Jude and Mark. These passages lead us to reflect on perseverance in faith, divine wisdom and our responsibility as followers of Christ in a world full of challenges and questions.

Let’s start with the First Reading, taken from the Letter of Jude. Jude exhorts us to remember the words of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. He calls us to build our lives on the foundation of our most holy faith and to pray in the Holy Spirit. Jude encourages us to keep ourselves in God’s love as we await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. He warns us about the need to be merciful to those who doubt and to save those who are about to fall by plucking them out of the fire.

Let us think of faith as a house being built. The foundation must be strong, firm, unshakable. If the foundation is not well laid, the entire structure can collapse with the slightest tremor. Likewise, our faith must be solidly grounded in Christ and the teachings of the apostles. It is through constant prayer in the Holy Spirit that we strengthen this foundation, keeping ourselves in God’s love and awaiting His mercy.

Let’s imagine that we are on a journey through a desert, where faith is like water that keeps us alive and guides us to the oasis. Without this faith, without this water, we can easily get lost, dehydrated and succumb to the difficulties of the journey. Therefore, Jude urges us to keep this living water flowing within us, not only for our benefit but also to help others we meet along the way. He calls us to be merciful, to reach out to those who doubt, to save those who are about to fall into the abyss of despair.

Moving on to the Gospel of Mark, we find Jesus in a situation of confrontation with the religious leaders. They question his authority, asking, “By what authority do you do these things? Who gave you such authority to do them?” Jesus, knowing the malice of their hearts, responds with another question, challenging them to reflect on the origin of John’s baptism: “Was it from heaven or from men?”

This exchange offers us a profound lesson about divine wisdom and authority. Jesus does not directly answer their questions because He knows that the leaders are not really seeking the truth, but are trying to find a way to accuse Him. He teaches us the importance of discerning the intention behind the questions and challenges we face.

Let’s reflect on an everyday situation. Imagine you are in your workplace and someone constantly questions your decisions and authority, not because they are seeking improvement or truth, but simply to cause discord or undermine your position. Jesus’ response teaches us the importance of responding with wisdom and discernment. He shows us that not all questions deserve a straight answer, especially when the intention behind them is harmful.

Jesus also challenges us to consider the source of our own authority and confidence. Just as He pointed out the hypocrisy of religious leaders, we are called to examine our lives and our motivations. Where does our authority to act and speak as followers of Christ come from? Our authority must be rooted in our relationship with God, the truth of the Gospel, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Today’s readings call us to live an authentic and unshakable faith, based on God’s love and constant prayer. We are challenged to be bridge builders, saving those who doubt and are about to fall. We are also called to act with wisdom and discernment, especially when faced with challenges and malicious questions.

In practice, how can we apply these lessons to our daily lives? First, let us strengthen our foundation in faith through regular prayer and study of the Scriptures. May we build our lives on the firm rock of Christ’s teachings, knowing that it is this foundation that will sustain us in times of difficulty.

Second, let us be merciful and proactive in helping others. It could be a friend who is going through a crisis of faith, a co-worker who is struggling with personal problems, or a stranger we meet in need. Our actions, motivated by God’s love, can be the difference between hope and despair for someone.

Third, let us cultivate wisdom and discernment. Not all situations require a direct or immediate response. Sometimes the best answer is a question that leads the other person to reflect, just as Jesus did with the religious leaders. This not only protects our integrity, but also challenges those around us to examine their own motivations and seek genuine truth.

Finally, let us always remember that our authority as Christians comes from our relationship with God. It is He who guides us, strengthens us and gives us the wisdom to face everyday challenges. May we live in a way that reflects this truth, being light and salt in the world, testifying with our lives to God’s love, mercy and wisdom.

Let us now have a moment of silence, reflecting on these messages and asking God for the grace to apply these lessons in our lives. May the Holy Spirit guide, strengthen and inspire us to live an authentic, merciful and wise faith.

Lord, we thank You for today’s lessons. Help us to build our lives on the foundation of faith, to be merciful to those who doubt, and to act with wisdom and discernment in all situations. May we be living witnesses of Your love and Your truth, always guided by the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear brothers and sisters, as we leave here today, let us take with us the determination to live as true followers of Christ, grounded in faith, moved by mercy and guided by divine wisdom. May God’s grace accompany us and may we be instruments of His peace and love in the world. Remember, we are called to be bridge builders and beacons of hope – let us live up to that calling, reflecting the love and light of Christ in everything we do. Amen.