April 7, 2017
(St. John Baptist de la Salle, priest)
The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?”
The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.”
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”‘? If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and Scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? Jn_10:31-42
Sometimes we want to believe something so strongly, that
not even visible or physical Proof to the contrary – will convince us otherwise.
The Pharisees believed so strongly that Jesus was not God’s Messiah, that neither His Words nor His Actions could change their minds. They were totally blinded by the darkness of their own pride.
Jesus even went as far – as using their own unwavering belief in the Scriptures to try to convince them that He is the Son of God. But even that was not good enough for them.
Sometimes you just can’t crack a hardened nut.
And it was the same problem that the Prophet Jeremiah ran into. While he was there encouraging the people, prompting them to change their bad habits, and pleading with them, that if they didn’t change, they would subject themselves to the consequences of their own evil deeds – they were so stuck in the pride of their own belief, that instead of changing their ways, they would simply solve the problem of Jeremiah by just silencing him, by eliminating him the same way the Pharisees wanted to silence and eliminate Jesus – their very Savior.
You see, helping people who don’t want to be helped, could be a pretty hazardous occupation.
And yet, as our Psalm encourages us today: The Lord hears our voices. Even in the midst of all of our distress, God answers us. And that answer is Jesus!
In just another week we will relive His passion and His death. We will relive the Holy Saturday of darkness, when the Apostles thought He was gone forever. And we will experience the Easter Glory of His resurrection.
All done for us!
In the midst of all of our pain and suffering,
Jesus is our salvation.
And when we place our Trust in Him,
He will always be there for us.
And that’s an Easter promise to celebrate!
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