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  • Writer's pictureFr. Kris

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent ‘a’

We learn about Jesus from the scriptures. We believe in Him, we know that He is the Son of God, that He is God. We know that He died for us, and we believe that He was raised from the dead and that He ascended back to heaven. Because we know all of this, we can’t understand why there were so many people back then, people who witnessed Jesus’ miracles, who talked to Him, listened to Him preach, and still, they didn’t believe that He was the Son of God. We can’t understand why they decided to kill Him. And yes, those who did that to Jesus did a terrible thing, and I am not defending anyone. But I think sometimes about myself -- if I were there, and saw what they saw, talked to Jesus -- would I be able to believe? Or would I also get angry that this man, who looks like all of us, but claimed that He is the Son of God. Would I believe and follow Him? Would you? Or would you think that this man is crazy, and He thinks He is better than the rest of us? Think about that. They wanted to see a powerful king, the Messiah, who would come with all power and majesty. Instead, they saw a simple man who looked just like them. They said: "We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God." Are you able to recognize Jesus in another person, the poor, sick, old, marginalized, immigrants? Or do you only believe in Jesus who is pictured in the beautiful churches, tabernacles and cathedrals of the world?

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