today's Mass readings (Jesus makes a distinction between His person and the Word (?) / The Word is what condemns unbelievers)

**Wed (5-6) **

**Acts 12:24-13:5: **

The word of God continued to spread and grow. After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission, they returned to Jerusalem, taking with them John, who is called Mark. Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch and Saul. While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, completing their fasting and prayer, they laid hands on them and sent them off. So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Selucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived in Salamis, ***they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. ***

Ps 67:

O God, let all the nations praise you…

St Jn 12:44-50:

Jesus cried out and said, “whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last days, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”

*The first passage is interesting because i used to think that once Christianity came onto the scene… the synagogue leaders wanted to stick to the old Jewish religion & probably a lot of them did… I guess i overlooked these lines of scripture when i first read the New Testament when i was young… which shows how the mind retains what it is inclined to retain and tends to ignore the rest…

Anyway, it is interesting that, in the last passage, **Jesus seems to make a separation between Himself and the Word and yet He is the Word Incarnate **(St John 1)… Hmm… this is mysterious to me… :confused: *

*One thing that is not so mysterious is that we all need to keep the Word of God… and if something causes us not to be able to do that… :eek: we need to “cut it off and cast it” from us… *

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