The Whole Nation

Today’s Reflection
Gospel: Jn 11:45-56 “Session of the Sanhedrin
April 13, 2019 | Saturday

Today’s Gospel

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?”

Today’s Reflection

You know nothing at all! It is better to have one man die for the people than to let the whole nation be destroyed. The high priest Caiaphas unknowingly foretold that Jesus would die for the nation and not for the nation only, but also would die in order to gather into one the scattered children of God. The Jewish religious leaders wanted to preserve the peaceful practice of their religion in Israel and so Caiaphas unwittingly suggested to “sacrifice” the life of this one man, Jesus, than for the whole nation to be destroyed (by the Romans). In hindsight, the death of Jesus is really what Caiaphas thought it to be. Jesus offered his life to God for the salvation for all. This Lenten season, let us profess our belief in the truth of Jesus’ messianic mission. He is the Redeemer of the world through his death and resurrection. He is our Savior.

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