5th Week of Lent, Saturday, 13th April 2019

Daily Word Of God

John 11:46-53

Some of the Jews 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.

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • In today’s Gospel Caiaphas prophesied that it would be better for Jesus to die for the people than for the whole nation to perish. Such words are clearly words of fear and confusion; words deeply rooted in insecurity and vengeance.


  • Jesus proclaimed the Good News of Salvation with great courage, and paid the price of His death on the Cross willingly, in order that all nations may be saved.


  • Do we rationalise our lack of desires to accept Jesus into our lives because of our emotional needs and complications in life to lead to think like Caiaphas, the chief priests and the Pharisees? If so, what are these complications?