April 4, 2020
Today’s Gospel brings us the beginning of the Sanhedrin’s plot to have Jesus killed. The high priest, Caiaphas, rationalizes this murderous intention by saying, “….It is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.”
Today we face similar abuses of power at the highest levels of leadership of the land, and decisions just such as these weighed probably more times than we can imagine.
Even in the everyday life of the ordinary person, there are times when we wish we could have someone “removed” – be it by career transfer, by a shift in interest, by dismissal, or even by making them unwelcome enough so they leave on their own -- all to preserve our own notion of comfort and security.
It is true that some people are not well-suited for the positions they attain, or for the groups they join. It is also true that some people just “rub you the wrong way,” sometimes in a way that is difficult to articulate.
But God created all – from the saints to the sinners, from the popular kids to the nerds, from the butterflies to the mosquitoes. Is there a compassionate way to deal with a person you have to interact with on a regular basis, who you wish would go away?'