Years 2020: april

Antonio Ciseri, Ecce Homo, 1871, oil painting on canvas, Palazzo Pitti Firenze ( Italy)
Antonio Ciseri, Ecce Homo, 1871, oil painting on canvas, Palazzo Pitti Firenze ( Italy)

Saturday 4 April 2020

Fifth week of Lent

Jn 11.45-56


45 Many of the Jews who had come to Mary, seeing what he had accomplished, believed in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.

47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the Sanhedrin together and said, "What are we going to do?" This man does many signs. 48 If we let him continue like this, everyone will believe in him, the Romans will come and destroy our temple and our nation ». 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You don't understand anything! 50 Do not realize that it is convenient for you that one man die for the people, and the whole nation will not be ruined! ». 51 But this he did not say for himself, but being a high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus had to die for the nation; 52 and not only for the nation, but also to bring together the scattered children of God. 53 From that day on, they decided to kill him.

54 Jesus therefore no longer went public among the Jews, but from there he retired to the region near the desert, in a city called Ephraim, where he stayed with the disciples.

55 The Passover of the Jews was near and many from the region went up to Jerusalem before Easter to purify themselves. 56 They were looking for Jesus and, standing in the temple, they said to each other: «What do you think? Won't you come to the party? "


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo


In front of the light of the resurrection of Lazarus of Bethany many believe in Jesus, (although there is one to wonder what they believe about Jesus), some instead remain blinded, persist in thinking and reasoning with a mind full of doubts and a heart full of wickedness . These men are blinded in the eyes, deaf in the ears, hard of heart. Here then they think as a result of their blindness to eliminate Jesus, to kill him. There is in fact the risk that the people will go with him and the powerful on duty intervene and destroy everything, it would be the end for us. This is how these men of the time of Jesus reason.

But these arguments could also be the reasoning of today's churchmen. Thus Caiaphas reasoned: "Do not realize that it is convenient for you that one man die for the people, and the whole nation will not be ruined!" (Jn 11.50)

 It is better that we close the cult, especially at Easter, rather than the "Romans" intervene. It is better that we close the access to Jesus Christ than the people are infected. It is more useful that we preserve the people rather than Jesus Christ, so much he cannot take the Corona Virus, but people coming to church, there is a risk that he will get infected. Blindness is noted here: government is feared more than Jesus Christ. Since it is the Italian Episcopal Conference that dictates the rules, pastors must also adapt. A more constructive and firm dialogue with the Italian government would not have caused this tragedy: an Easter without the people of God. What is feared? to lose money of the eight per thousand ?. A grave wrong has been done to Jesus Christ. Was the profanation of Saint Peter not enough with the idol of Pachamama? A very dangerous precedent has been created that leaves the door open to much harsher limitations of worship and even speech.

  Holy week is near and Jesus Christ again suffers and dies for our sins. But will he still be willing to resurrect us after we abandon him? "Here I have sworn in my indignation they will not enter my rest". (Ps 95.11) The people of God was led into the desert of faith, which characterizes today's societies and the Church. Let us pray to the Good Shepherd and his Most Holy Mother to lead us out of this desert. Despite the good will of many shepherds, we are like sheep without a shepherd, in the midst of wolves that attack us.

Good day