A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Reality check

In today’s Gospel (John 12:1-11), the chief priests are not just planning Christ’s death, they are also planning to kill Lazarus too, because “many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him.”

They really don’t get it.

They really don’t know who and what they’re dealing with.

Jesus raised to life and perfect health a man who had been dead and rotting in the tomb for four days.

No amount scheming or maneuvering can overcome that kind of power. It’s not even close.

Of course, even the Lord’s closest disciples didn’t get it either. In the reading of the Passion that we heard yesterday (Matthew 26:14-27:66), one of the disciples tries to defend Christ with a sword.

Our Lord gives his disciple a reality check.

Do you think that I cannot call upon my Father
and he will not provide me at this moment
with more than twelve legions of angels?

But then how would the Scriptures be fulfilled
which say that it must come to pass in this way?

As we begin this Holy Week (and as we continue through the normal stresses of our lives) may we remember always that the power of God and his plan for our eternal happiness is far, far greater than any of our hopes and fears.

As today’s responsorial psalm (# 27) reminds us

Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.