Monday of Holy Week
As we enter Holy Week, we ponder Jesus’ prophetic response to his society, his witness to truth, and his steadfast adherence to what he recognized as the essence of God’s truth and justice on earth. He surely understood where his words and actions were leading. Yet, his prophetic life made him willing to accept death as the price of integrity. If we honestly believe that, as followers of Jesus, the Spirit is calling us to live as prophetic witnesses to justice on this earth, as citizens of an interconnected global world where do we stand when we hold ourselves up against the mirror of the dominant society in the USA at this time? How do we witness? Do we tolerate violence, support excess consumerism, accept the oppression of workers so that we can have cheap goods to buy? Do we tolerate silently the abuse of sexuality, especially of women, as a sales gimmick or as entertainment? What about our acceptance of prejudices-ethnic, racial, or gender related? What are our attitudes about the environment, about global warming? Do we care enough to call hypocritical politicians to accountability? How do we see ourselves when looking in these mirrors? How do we compare with the courageous stance of Jesus?
Send forth your Spirit, O God, and renew the face of the earth.
Reflect on the questions above. Are they valid? Compare them with the situations against which Jesus raised his voice?
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation;
and a house divided against a house falls.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin,
and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith:
these ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world,
yet forfeits his soul.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
But I say to you, Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you.
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”