April 4, 2020
(St. Isidore, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Thus says the Lord GOD: I will take the children of Israel from among the nations to which they have come, and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land. I will make them one nation upon the land, in the mountains of Israel, and there shall be one prince for them all. Ez_37:21-28
Some 600-years later, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.” He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him. Jn_11:45-56
Jesus is the “one prince for them all,” that the Prophet Ezekiel spoke of, who would reunite the nation. And yet, the Pharisees twisted that prophesy around to suit their own needs. They were threatened by Jesus, who had the power to knock them off their high and mighty pedestals. So they twisted Ezekiel’s words around to justify killing Jesus for the sake of gathering the dispersed nation. It would be like saying, we don’t believe in abortion, so lets kill all the pregnant mothers, or for that matter, all women, so that abortion will stop. NONSENSE!
That’s what’s so scary about this whole pandemic issue, beloved. It’s easy to see how it can be twisted into all kinds of craziness. From people scarfing up all the toilet paper and paper towels, to riots in the streets, to all kinds of prejudice, accusations, persecutions, and even genocide.
But thanks be to God, we can look to the hope of it all. We can see instead all the good that has come from our forced isolation and utter disaster in the big city hospitals. People helping one another, people giving, people sacrificing sometimes even their own lives to help. Yes, we recognize the hurt to the economy, the loss of lives, the hardship of it all, but we also have the hope in knowing that God will see it come to an end. And everything will be restored to something better than it ever was before. That we can count on!
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