Lent – Day 34: When we are afraid of God’s promises…
Ezekiel 37: 21-28; John 11:45-56
The Lord fulfills His promises to us in His own way and in His own time. The Lord does not work according to our expectations or in our preferred categories. In the book of the Prophet Ezekiel, the Lord promises to give the people of Israel a new David who will bring justice, peace and shalom in the hearts of all the people. The Lord did more than that. He sent His own son to bring forth the reign of God in all human hearts. The Jewish local authorities, seeing all the great signs of God’s intervention in the works of Jesus, were afraid that the people might believe in him and thereby foment trouble with the Roman authority. They were thinking the way evil does when confronted with pure goodness and love. They did not believe that Jesus with all these miraculous power would not want to be king. They could not believe that love can give out so much without wanting something in return. At least they would want to be king if they were able to perform all these signs. So here, evil judges goodness in evil’s own category. Evil, hatred and jealousy sentenced love to death in a court where devil was the judge and the demons were the jury. It is in this scene that the sentence was passed: “it is better for one man to die than for the whole nation to be destroyed.” So now Love’s passion begin.
Let us stay with the Lord knowing that evil cannot conquer Love even in the law court where evil claims to have the final say.
May God bless us and give us the grace to stay with the Lord throughout the holy week.