I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Reflection for Saturday April 12, Fifth Week of Lent, John 11:45-56

Gospel: John 11:45-56
45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him; 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council, and said, "What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on thus, every one will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation." 49 But one of them, Ca'iaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all; 50 you do not understand that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish." 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they took counsel how to put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore no longer went about openly among the Jews, but went from there to the country near the wilderness, to a town called  E'phraim; and there he stayed with the disciples. 55 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. 56 They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, "What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?"
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There’s a saying that, Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

During the time of Jesus the Pharisees were the ruling class they were very powerful yet they were also afraid to lose power. Why were they afraid to lose power? For the reason that they were afraid to lose their influence in their territory.

 After years of being in power the powerful and charismatic personality of Jesus suddenly became visible. And naturally they were now threatened by the powerful charisma of Jesus. So they must do everything to hold on to their power.

But why where the Pharisees afraid to lose power? Perhaps they were afraid that people would discover the many skeletons in their closets. That’s why they plotted to kill Jesus for the reason that they saw in Jesus someone who will finally expose them to the light of righteousness.

In a family setting, there are some parents who act like modern day Pharisees. They would continue to dominate their children. They would try to stifle the freedom of their children at all cost. Even if their children are right they would make it appear that their children are wrong.

Who lose in the end? It’s their children because their domineering parents reared them to be subservient and dependent to them. They never gave them their rightful freedom. They never allowed them to spread their wings and be exposed to the realities of life.

To dominate a child is wrong and to dominate anyone for that matter is also wrong.     

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