*WEDNESDAY OF THE TWENTY FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR ( A* )
R1:- 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10.16-18
PS:- 128:1-2.4-5 (R.1a)
Accl:- 1 John 2:5
Gosp:- Matthew 23: 27-32
We are privileged if we have the knowledge of our history. This helps us to know the faults of our ancestors so as to avoid them in our generation. It will equally help us to imitate their good deeds.
It is dangerous to be ignorance of our past. We may sink into repeating our former mistakes
However, in today’s gospel, the Lord rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for sharing in the sins of their fathers who murdered the prophets.
They share in their fathers’ sins by their own life of hypocrisy and iniquity.
We may not know that the same vice can take different names in different generations. We may find out to our amazement that we may be worse than those we condemn if we take time to dig deep into our ways of life.
The scribe and pharisees may not literarily kill a prophet in their own time, but can be doing some other things that prevent the free flow of the gospel. They said,
” _if we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets”
We pray that by our choice in life, we may not build on wrong foundation built by those who have gone before us. May the Lord save us from sharing in the guilt of our ancestors. May we lead lives of emulation for generations that will come after us. Amen.