today's Mass readings (Predestination??? / no OSAS)

Thur (5-14)**

Acts 1:15-17, 20-26:

Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and sisters (there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons in the one place). He said, “My brothers and sisters, the scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke before and through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus. Judas was numbered among us and was allotted a share in this ministry. For it is written in the Book of Psalms: Let his encampment become desolate, and may no one dwell in it. And: May another take his office. Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection.” So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.” Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles. / Ps 113: The Lord will give him a seat with he leaders of his people…

**St Jn 15:9-17: **

Jesus said to his disciples: As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”

I am a little confused (…nothing new, i know… :rolleyes:).

It seems to me that Judas, according to the scriptures here, was predestined to betray Jesus…(?) and yet there normally doesn’t seem to be any predestination (in God’s world)? I don’t know what year the Psalms were written (assuming that is the book Peter is quoting?) but, well, it seems Judas was not given a chance to make a choice (???)

The thought occurs to me that maybe it was just that God knew Judas’s ancestors or something, knew they were weak (?) - knew that Judas would PROBABLY betray Jesus? Or maybe it was just that He knew SOMEONE would… I don’t know…

If i didn’t hear the words of scripture in the very Presence of Christ at the Mass, i would have a hard time finding them always consistent… & i can kind of understand some worldly people saying the Bible contradicts itself… I am not saying that i believe it contradicts… just that i understand someone thinking so…

Also, the last sentence is kind of “odd” to me… but not sure i want to tackle that issue today… *

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