When I was five years old, my cousin had a new toy car. As his playmate, I envied him
because he had a fresh and amusing toy car and I really wanted to have the same. However, my parents could not afford it. So the next day, because I was so envious, I took his new toy and hid it in the cabinet, unmindful that my mother saw what I did. When my mother called my attention, I was distraught and did not know what to do. Right there and then, I was reprimanded and punished for the bad behavior I had done.
Envy and greed drive us to do malicious and evil things, just like what the Pharisees did to Jesus. The Pharisees in the Gospel were threatened by Jesus’ growing popularity and his authority. They wanted to silence Jesus so they made a plot to kill him.
Envy leads us to sin. The Gospel today invites me to get rid of any feeling of envy and
greed in my heart. Instead, I should be more appreciative and learn to be happy for those who may be flourishing and doing well.
By Sem. Roldan Baliano
THE GOSPEL TODAY
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?”