Crumbs
August 10, 2020
77. Week of Septuagesima Sunday - Saturday
The stone that the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.
          The stone that the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.   Mathew 21:42
          On Tuesday morning Jesus returned to the temple, and preached to the people assembled there, the Gospel, the good tidings that He, Christ, their Lord and Saviour, had now come. Then the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him and said: "By what authority do You do these things? and who gave You this authority?" Jesus answered and said to them: "I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell me, I will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, where was it from? from heaven? or of men?" And they reasoned with themselves, saying: "If we shall say, From heaven, He will say to us, Why didn't you, then, believe him? But if we shall say, Of men, we fear the people; for the people regarded John the Baptist, who had testified that Jesus was the Lamb of God, and the Son of God, as a prophet." And they answered Jesus; "We cannot tell," whereupon He said to them: "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things." They plainly did not want to believe in Him and were hardened in their enmity against Him. This very thing He told them in strong terms and in parables and said: "The publicans and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you." And furthermore He said: "Didn't you ever read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, has become the head of the corner? Therefore I say to you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth its fruits." And they sought all the more to kill Jesus. (Matt. 21:23-46.)
          Indeed, they, the builders of Israel, were hardened. They rejected Israel's Messiah, the Saviour of the world. But the stone which the builders rejected, has become the head of the corner of God's eternal temple, the congregation of the redeemed. Today, also, countless builders of the Church reject Jesus, their Saviour. But you, build your faith on Him, and you shall obtain salvation.
          PRAYER: - O Lord Jesus, grant me Your Holy Spirit, that the contradiction arising against You a thousandfold on the part of chief priests and the elders within the Church may not shake my faith and lead me astray, but rather build my faith on You, and through You obtain salvation. For You alone are the Lord and Saviour, and You have given Your life for me. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 10, 2020