The Romans will come and take away
our land and our nation.
John 11: 48
The chief priests are afraid of the consequences of Jesus’ preaching. They see it as provocative and a threat to the Romans.
How we have domesticated Jesus. He is no longer a threat – neither to our lives nor to the status quo.
Or we see him only in terms of culture wars – rather than in terms of the in-breaking of the Reign of God, the covenant of peace that Ezekiel promised (Ezekiel 37: 26).
Yesterday, walking the Way of the Cross in Dulce Nombre with the parish here, I witnessed all the sin and evil that afflicts us here in Honduras. A story and photos can be found here.
What would happen if we started to live as Jesus called us? What if we lived as people who care more for others than for our selfish interests? What if we lived like Jesus, giving ourselves over to living the mercy and love of God? What if we spoke truth to the powers around us, as Jesus did?
Would we be persecuted as he was?
Would we be maligned and martyred as Monseñor Oscar Romero was. thirty-five years ago?
Or would we be lauded?
Woe to you when people speak well of you! (Luke 6:26)
How can we begin to follow a non-domesticated Jesus – on the Way of the Cross?