Unfolding of Jesus’ Passion
April 13, 2019
1st Reading: Ez 37:21-28/Jer 31:10.11-12abcd
Gospel: John 11:45-56
Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.
“What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”
Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! ou do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”
He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. So from that day on they plotted to take his life.
Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the festival at all?”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
While the Jewish leaders were deliberating on the fate of Jesus, Caiaphas said, “You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” Caiaphas occupied the position of High Priest at this time and was inspired to say these words. In effect Caiaphas prophesied about how Jesus would die.
Notwithstanding the fact that the Passion was his destiny, Jesus did not move about publicly. There was a particular timeframe that things were to happen in the plan of God. Jesus also had to play his part and not just watch passively the untimely unfolding of the Father’s plan in his life.
In our life experience, God’s plan must not be passively allowed to take place in our lives. It needs human cooperation so that everything will unfold, as God wants it. It is in our cooperation that God’s plan in us is brought to completion. As we enter into Holy Week in the coming days let us examine not just our quality of submission but also the faithfulness of our cooperation with God’s plan. – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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