Greetings on this the Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Readings: Ez 37:21-28; Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12abcd, 13; Jn 11:45-56
Note: Saturday before Holy Week. I am not certain if I will write any of the days of Holy Week. One thing is certain, a LIKE isn’t a read, sadly. Does anyone actually read these? I will still post as it is a good exercise to prepare homilies and my own spiritual journey.
Right but Wrong
Caiaphas is right of course: do you consider that it is better for you
that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.”
That one would be the Suffering Servant and the Messiah, in one person. Suffering in obedience and propitiation. Messiah in leading the people to true freedom.
Here you have the double meaning. He prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, but his intended message was Jesus is a worthless pawn in the scheme to hold power and keep the Romans at bay.
Is it better?
Really a multi-part question.
In the ordinary life the Lord offers not exemption from grief and hardships, rather he offers the co-journey of the divine and human, he being within and among us.
Sin remains but is a defeated foe, lashing out and attempting to harm as many as possible before the final end for evil.
We have Hosanna! The Lord has come to save us. We are always joyful in his presence. We are surprised by his plans.
They looked for Jesus
What do you think?
That he will not come to the feast?
Actually, he goes to prepare a feast to which you are invited.
Peace be with you,