9th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: 2 Tim 3:10–17
You, instead, have closely followed my teaching, my way of life, my projects, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions and sufferings. You know what happened to me at Antioch, Iconium and Lystra. How many trials I had to bear! Yet the Lord rescued me from them all. All who want to serve God in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil persons and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
As for you, continue with what you have learned and what has been entrusted to you, knowing from whom you received it. Besides, you have known the Scriptures from childhood; they will give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, refuting error, for correcting and training in Christian life. Through Scripture the man of God is made expert and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Gospel: Mark 12:35-37
As Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he said, “The teachers of the Law say that the Messiah is the son of David. How can that be? For David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit declared: The Lord said to my Lord: sit at my right until I put your enemies under your feet. If David himself calls him Lord, in what way can he be his son?” Many people came to Jesus and listened to him gladly.
“Many people came to Jesus and listened to him gladly.” That tells us that people were fed up with the quibbling way of arguing that the scribes had and they enjoyed seeing them being beaten at their own game. The scribes knew how to lean on people. “Woe to you, lawyers (scribes),” he said. “for you load unbearable burdens on people, while you yourselves do not move a finger to help them” (Lk 11:46). It was a warning for everyone who throws the law at others. There is a Spanish proverb: “A peasant between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.” But one has to add: there are lawyers who use the law to defend people, and there are many non-lawyers who use it to oppress them.
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