Lent 5th Wk: Saturday 4th April, 2020

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Insecurities and Fears: In today’s Gospel, the chief priests and the Pharisees held a meeting to discuss how “best” to deal with Jesus who is gaining many followers.  Ponder on, “Do we have insecurities about others being ‘better’ than us? Do we fear them as threats that we need to eliminate?  Is this true of us?

 Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

John 11:46-53

Some of them went to the Pharisees to tell them what Jesus had done.  Then the chief priests and Pharisees called a meeting. `Here is this man working all these signs,’ they said, `and what action are we taking?  If we let him go on in this way everybody will believe in him, and the Romans will come and suppress the Holy Place and our nation.’

One of them, Caiaphas, the high priest that year, said, `You do not seem to have grasped the situation at all; you fail to see that it is to your advantage that one man should die for the people, rather than that the whole nation should perish.’  He did not speak in his own person, but as high priest of that year he was prophesying that Jesus was to die for the nation – and not for the nation only, but also to gather together into one the scattered children of God.  From that day onwards they were determined to kill him.