Monday of Holy Week
Isaiah 42:1-7 + John 12:1-11
March 26, 2018
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 stands as 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 had been raised by Jesus. How could the Jews threaten him? They have no power over him. We, too, must be willing to testify to the power of Our Lord over us. We must not 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 called us to forsake.
At the beginning of this Holy Week, we see many people working against Jesus. In the end, His death was not an accident. But for every person who worked to nail Jesus to the Cross, there was a choice made, or many choices. 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. We have the chance to realize that even on the Cross, Jesus is our Good Shepherd, who wants to offer us His divine mercy and forgiveness.