EPHESIANS 1: 1 – 10
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are also faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon us. For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth:
The Word of the Lord.
Psalm 98: 1, 2 – 3ab, 3cd – 4, 5 – 6 (R.) 2a
R/. The Lord has made known his salvation
O sing a new song to the Lord,
for he has worked wonders.
His right hand and his holy
arm have brought salvation. R/.
The LORD has made known his salvation,
has shown his deliverance to the nations.
He has remembered his merciful
love and his truth for the house of Israel. R/.
All the ends of the earth have
seen the salvation of our God.
Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song,
and sing out your praise. R/.
Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn,
raise a shout before the King, the Lord. R/.
John 14: 6
I am the way, and the truth, and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father but by me. Alleluia.
The blood of the prophets will be required, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah.
LUKE 11: 47 – 54
At that time: Jesus said, “Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed. So you are witnesses and consent to the deeds of your fathers; for they killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute, ’that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it shall be required of this generation. Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering. As he went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard, and to provoke him to speak of many things, lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say.
The Gospel of the Lord.
GOSPEL REFLECTION: The Key of Knowledge
October 13, 2022
“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.” (Luke 11:52)
In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues to chastise the Pharisees and the scholars of the law. In this passage above, He chastises them because they “have taken away the key of knowledge” and have actively tried to keep others from the knowledge God wants them to have. This is a strong accusation and reveals that the Pharisees and scholars of the law were actively hurting the faith of God’s people.
As we’ve seen over the past few days in the Scriptures, Jesus rebuked the scholars of the law and the Pharisees severely for this. And His rebuke was not only for their sake, it is also for our sake so that we know not to follow false prophets such as these and all who are interested only in themselves and their reputation rather than the truth.
This Gospel passage is not only a condemnation of this sin, more importantly it raises a deep and beautiful concept. It’s the concept of “the key of knowledge.” What is the key of knowledge? The key of knowledge is faith, and faith can come only by listening to the voice of God. The key to knowledge is to let God speak to you and to reveal to you His deepest and most beautiful truths. These truths can only be received and believed through prayer and through direct communication with God.
The saints are the best examples of those who have penetrated the deep mysteries of God’s life. Through their life of prayer and faith they came to know God on a profound level. Many of these great saints have left us beautiful writings and a powerful witness of the hidden but revealed mysteries of the inner life of God.
Reflect, today, upon whether or not you have taken the “key of knowledge” and opened the mysteries of God through your life of faith and prayer. Recommit yourself to seeking God in your daily personal prayer and to seek all that He desires to reveal to you.
Lord, help me to seek You through a life of daily prayer. In that life of prayer, draw me into a deep relationship with You, revealing to me all that You are and all that life is about. Jesus, I trust in You.