Monday of Holy Week
Isaiah 42:1-7 + Psalm 27 + John 12:1-11
March 21, 2016
“And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him.”
Having entered into Jerusalem with Jesus, we recall the testimony about Jesus in Bethany, where Lazarus is a sign that arouses the wrath of the Jews. Lazarus probably laughed at the idea of being threatened by the Jews: he had already experienced death, and been raised by Jesus. How could the Jews “touch” Jesus? They have no power over him. We, too, must be willing to testify to the power of Our Lord over us. We cannot fear those who threaten us in this world, for they have no power over us. They have power only over things that God has already commanded us to forsake.
At the beginning of this Holy Week, we see that that many people were working against Jesus. His death was not an accident. But for every person whose choices helped put Jesus on the Cross, there was a choice. We remember that on the Cross, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Every one of us who is a sinner, has the chance to accept this prayer, and know that even on the Cross, Jesus is our Good Shepherd, who wants to offer us His mercy and forgiveness.