The Gospel of Matthew 12:14-21 begins today with this…
“The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.”
I cannot even imagine what it would be like to live my life knowing that many of the people I come in contact with would like to see me dead. Jesus seems to always run into the Scribes, Pharisees, the Sanhedrin and the leaders of the Temple who are always trying to trip Him up to blaspheme or do something so they would have cause to put Him to death.
Tonight, like Jesus, I was hanging out after Mass with my crew. Though they are not The Apostles yet as followers of Jesus, I love them dearly and we celebrated a birthday with a fabulous dinner together. What would it have been like to have those sitting next to us start asking us questions that would reveal something to them that they could have us arrested for?
It’s hard for me to grasp how Jesus went from place to place…
“Many people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known.”
He did nothing but good things and told the truth but people wanted Him dead for this? That does not make any sense. But maybe it just does make sense and I think we as a society, are guilty of this today! Many of us today study the Word of God and try to live it daily in our lives. Even we do not agree completely with the Words of scripture. Jesus teaches us we are one body in Christ and there is only one truth. Do I have the truth? Do you? We have to have an authority to reveal the truth. An authority that the gates of Hell will never prevail against. Yes, the church.
Even me as a Catholic, whose church claims to be the church established by Jesus Christ, knows that we have Catholics who disagree with the teachings of the church. The church says abortion is wrong yet there are many who are “pro choice.” The church says that marriage is between a man and a woman yet there are many who advocate there is nothing wrong with “same-sex marriage.” These are just two examples of disagreements.
We do not go as far as to hate each other to the point of wanting the other dead, at least I hope not. But unlike acting like Jesus in turmoil, we are vicious at times with each other. We spew vile and terrible things on social media sites, call each other names and frankly at times in a very threatening tone. And we are CHRISTIANS? What has happened to loving our neighbors as ourselves? The truth is, many of us by our actions are killing the Spirit of Jesus today. May God have mercy on us all.