28 March 2015
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent –B
Ex. 37: 21-28
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There is a tragic irony here. After Jesus had raised Lazarus to life, Pharisees and Sadducees called the Sanhedrin, to check the growing popularity of Jesus. Pharisees were legalistic and Sadducees were political in their attitude. Usually all the priests were from the Sadducees and they were dominating in the meetings. Sadducees wanted Jesus to be eliminated, to prevent Romans from taking their authority away. But we find in the history that in 70 AD Romans besieged Rome and destroyed everything there. Instead of eliminating Jesus if the Jews had welcomed Jesus, the history of Jerusalem would have been different. The very step they took to protect them became the cause of their destruction. That was the irony.
Caiaphas, the high priest had claimed, “It is far better that one man should perish for the nation than that the whole nation should perish.” This advice was given as God’s counsel because Caiaphas, being the high priest, was the channel to get God’s counsel. Sometimes God speaks through most unlikely people. Jesus was to die for the nation and also for all God’s people throughout the world. Today the atrocities inflicted upon Christian communities by the fundamentalist organizations in India and abroad, especially the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) will realize their irony sooner or later. Like Caiaphas and Sadducees they also put their desires and plans before God’s will. The power of discernment to identify the God’s will should not be at the cost of the human lives. As the Sufi poet sang, We can destroy the temple, Masjid and Church, but we should never let a human heart perish, because it is there that God dwells.
Fr. Sany Kannampuzha CMI