Homily 2018 03 26 Privileged death

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Thinking this is a soft scene? No. It’s not. Jesus and Mary of the spikenard team up here to accuse Judas and others in the crowd of Jesus’ impending murder. To accuse someone like Judas of murder is to take one’s own life in one’s hands. But our lives are in the hands of God.

Personages in this homily include Mary of spikenard fame, Lazarus, Judas, Jesus, and, as a modern example in the homily, Arnaud Beltrame.

I’ve retranslated the bit about letting Mary keep the spikenard for some unknown future date of Jesus’ burial, which makes zero sense as this is not what the Greek says and, at any rate, she has already poured this out on Jesus. What Jesus says is that she is be left alone for she has been keeping this spikenard right along for burial of Jesus whenever that might be, and now the time has come for anointing His corpse, as it were, for He is presently to be buried. Jesus and Mary of the spikenard team up, in other words, to accuse those present and the others in the crowd who were in those seconds plotting to betray and to kill Jesus, and not only Jesus, but also Lazarus whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Why translators don’t want to see the ferocity of Jesus and Mary of the spikenard when the ferocity of the others such as Judas – in all his explosively murderous ferocity is exploding from the page and right across the centuries I do not know. Fear? Cowardice? Let’s all be nice!? I don’t know.

Update: I am totally amazed at this scene in a way that I’ve never been. This is a daily experience for me. The electrifying immediacy of Jesus’ purpose to stand in our place, to lay down his life for us, is gripping my heart and soul. It’s like I’m a totally unworthy and an utterly useless bystander way back in the day, understanding what is going on, horrified at the evil possessing Judas, but knowing my own weakness at the same time, but watching from the distance of centuries, but like it’s happening all the time in our own day, like I’m not supposed to be such a bystander, like I want to be in solidarity with Jesus as He is in solidarity with us, but wondering how this is going to come about, watching, praying. Isn’t that what we’re all supposed to do? I feel like I’ve wasted my whole life since this is only coming to me with such ferocious immediacy now. Having said that, watch me fall asleep like Peter, James and John in Gethsemane. But Jesus is good and kind. He says: Arise! Let us be going! Behold! My betrayer is at hand!


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2 responses to “Homily 2018 03 26 Privileged death

  1. Aussie Mum

    Thank you Father for the instruction you give us. I hope you do get to do a new and more accurate translation of the Gospel for us sheep. Perhaps you will also write the book about Jesús being a dead man walking that others have not written. Your knowledge and insights are very helpful. I have been praying for and seeking spiritual guidance for some time but it seems that the priests in my parish are too busy. Thank you for the time you spend writing and posting online. This homily and post today has been especially helpful to me in a longstanding matter.

  2. sanfelipe007

    Amen. I always appreciate your instruction, Father, because it is delivered through the lens of what truly matters most: Jesus!

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