2015 Lent Reflection – Saturday 28 March 2015

28 March Lent Reflec 2


John 11:45-57


Can you believe how flimsy the grounds were on which the authorities decided to do away with Jesus? Not much different though to some of the reasons we hear given for divorce or xenophobic attacks or refusal to pay tax.

Most often it is the element of selfishness and self-interest which dominates in the choices we make. When did you last take a decision on the merit of a case where your self-interests did not dictate the decision? How did you go about making that decision?

Others suffer and are disadvantaged when self-interest is the dominant consideration.

For example, it is the good of the children which is neglected in the ill-considered divorce. The innocent suffer where xenophobic violence breaks out. And how much greater the suffering and disadvantage caused by collective decisions made for selfish reasons – like those of the ballot box or board meetings?

Jesus was the victim of such un-principled reasoning. His was no reaction to being dismissed with the unjust verdict against him. On the contrary, he acted with resolution and courage. “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear.” (Hebrews 5:7)


Observe yourself today: how you re-act in those situations where you are misjudged and misunderstood. Learn something about Jesus when you consider how he would have acted in similar situations.


Jesus, you are the WAY. Let me hear in a new way your invitation: “Learn from me, force I am gentle and lowly in heart …” (Matthew 25:30)




+Bishop Edward Risi OMI
Diocese of Keimoes-Upington



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