Caiaphas 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.”
It is Palm Sunday Eve. Because I am involved in Holy Week preparations at my church, images of the first Holy Week have swirled about in my mind for days. Though I have tried to set aside time to spend with God every day throughout Lent, Holy Week is a special opportunity for me to do this. I wasn’t in Jerusalem two thousand years ago, and I don’t know what my response to Jesus would have been if I had been there. I am here now, and today I am certain of my response to Jesus, his example and his teachings. So it is that I keep in mind those images from long ago…
While Jesus and the disciples prepare to enter Jerusalem tomorrow, Caiaphas unfolds his plan. He will see to the demise of the Good Shepherd, the one who would leave his entire flock to find a lost sheep. It seems that poor Caiaphas has missed everything of importance that Jesus said regarding God’s mercy and inclusiveness and unconditional love. Poor Caiaphas is blinded and deafened by his desire to maintain his stature and his power. Caiaphas misses Jesus’ assertion that each one of us, including Caiaphas, is worth anything and everything Jesus will endure in the week ahead.
As I journey through this coming week, I will turn the tables on Jesus as well. Rather than waiting for my Good Shepherd to find me, I will find Jesus in his hour of need and walk with him every step of the way.
Merciful God, though I was not present to make the choice to be with Jesus that first Holy Week, I am here today. Together, Jesus and I will retrace the road to Calvary.
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