13 April 2019. Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reflection (Sem. Lester John D. Cabais )

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs states that safety or security is one of the most important necessities among human beings. Man desires to protect his life and secure it against the many threats of the environment and the wicked motives of other people as well. Part of this maybe is securing a continuous source of wealth, power and influence so that he may be able to have a stable future. Wealth, power and influence could make someone unharmed by anyone because he is on top of everyone else. In today’s society as long as you have these three you are untouchable and not even a law suit could bring you to jail if you did something wrong.

The high officials of the Jews during the time of Jesus were the people who are on top of everyone else. They got wealth, power and influence in all of the lands that they were shepherding. When Jesus appeared, performed many miracles and garnered many disciples they saw this as a threat to their security, their positions and their influence. It is a natural instinct of a person that if there is a present threat he would do something to evade or eliminate that threat. The Sanhedrin that time being threatened resulted to a unanimous plan of killing Jesus – the threat.

               All the possible resources that we possess have no match to the limitlessness of God. We may want to secure all the necessary things to continue holding on to the power that we have today but nothing is permanent in this world except change. Jesus offers a different kind of peace and security which is different from the kind of security this world offers. A kind of peace that this world cannot understand. The Gospel invites us to receive with open arms this kind of assurance Christ gives which is eternal and would usher us in greater communion with our Father in heaven.

The Gospel Today
John 11:45-56

Many of the Jews who had come to Mary
and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him.
But some of them went to the Pharisees
and told them what Jesus had done.
So the chief priests and the Pharisees
convened the Sanhedrin and said,
“What are we going to do?
This man is performing many signs.
If we leave him alone, all will believe in him,
and the Romans will come
and take away both our land and our nation.”
But one of them, 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.

So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews,
but he left for the region near the desert,
to a town called Ephraim,
and there he remained with his disciples.

Now the Passover of the Jews was near,
and many went up from the country to Jerusalem
before Passover to purify themselves.
They looked for Jesus and said to one another
as they were in the temple area, “What do you think?
That he will not come to the feast?”

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