Heading into Palm Sunday tomorrow, this Saturday it is time to reflect on what truth really really is. It is easy to point fingers of blame to another when we experience ills, but it is really a time to hold up a mirror to ourselves and ask, could I have done something about my situation. When I read the idiotic stuff coming out of Washington and the airheads that speak, I wonder if the entire city has banned mirrors. Case in point, reasonable gun control. Why is it so hard for people to get their heads around background checks? Or banning military style, large capacity magazines or closing gun show loopholes? Maybe our founding fathers made a mistake when they threw in the second amendment? Maybe if we could only buy muskets instead of semi-automatic weapons the murder rate would decrease. These are the guns the second amendment had in mind. When someone invented stop lights it wasn’t to encroach on the liberties of drivers it was aimed at safety. Getting a driver’s license requires a written test as well as a behind the wheel test. Safety. When you are pulled over by a cop for going to fast he asks for registration and proof of insurance. Safety. We could go on, seat belts or helmets or you name it. These gun restrictions are not restrictions but opportunities to keep us all safe. Just do it and stop blaming everyone else and fearful of losing “liberties.” That all started after 9/11. Speaking of blaming, today’s Gospel provides us with an opportunity into the minds of the blamers in an ancient society who thought all their ills were because of one man. As if…rather than asking the simple question, “does this Jesus make sense?” they are fearful of the man’s assumed power and therefore the one man should be eliminated so that life can go on as usual, with their power and voice leading the charge for the status quo.
But one of them, Caiaphas,
who was high priest that year, 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.” (John 11)
It really doesn’t work that way. Killing off Saddam didn’t solve the perceived problem in Iraq, it just made it worse. One man dying so that the country might prosper didn’t. For all the good intentions (if there were any) about invading Iraq, the resultant action lead to chaos, even today ten years on. What a mess. So I guess the moral of the story is to think things through before getting out the old finger and pointing it away from ourselves. Perhaps it means holding up the mirror so we can have that finger pointing at our image.
and so it goes…