A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John 11:45-56
"Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, "What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation." But one of them 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." He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him. So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews, but h left for the region near the desert, to a town called Ephraim, and there he remained with his disciples. Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before Passover to purify themselves. They looked for Jesus and said to one another as they were in the temple area, "What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?" The Gospel of the Lord
Today we are going to look at some of the effects of sin in our lives. "But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done." When we sin, we are 'trusting' another voice over the voice of Jesus. Here in this passage, there is a 'break', some leave Jesus here, this lack of trust in Jesus, causes them to leave Jesus' company and to seek out answers from another source, from a human source, never a good thing. There is a motive behind this action; SELF. They wanted to protect what 'they had' and in doing that, they were missing the greatest possession they could have had-JESUS! Enter this passage, listen to them talk with the Pharisees, we can feel the growing hostility, narrowness, fear, coldness, desperateness, in the hearts of those who plot to kill Jesus. Again we see them looking to each other for answers and confirmations. I think this is the point that stands out to me here the most. When we try to provide and protect certain things in our life, we run the risk of not seeing God in the present moment, nor do we allow His presence to lead us, we cling to what we cherish, and we cherish these things at times, even more than God. We must look sincerely at our life and see what we are so attached to, that if it were 'threatened' we would get highly defensive like the Jews. One way to find this is to look at how much time you spend trying to 'get something' during our day. Perhaps its Love?, or attention?, or others approval? or popularity? or perhaps its free time? food? drink? shopping? sleep? TV? computer games? fussing over self-that vanity? perhaps it is 'clothed' as a 'good thing' like exercise, that too can become 'a god.' Only we will know this and its important to be honest with Jesus, where we need help, rooting out our attachments to sin. Attachments steal our freedom.
Jesus, Meek and Humble of Heart, make my heart like unto thine. Let me choose you alone, as the Lord of Life. Amen