Homily for Saturday of the 5th Week of Lent
Theme: Can’t We All Just Get Along?
By: Deacon Bill Frere
Homily for Saturday April 9 2022
Gospel – John 11:45-56
Let’s face it – at times, we all get aggravated with each other. And especially when we are going through this period of “close quarters”, it is so much easier and more frequent that we bicker and argue and get on each other’s nerves. We know what irritates our little brother/sister and yet we do it anyway. We know exactly what buttons to push to send them over the edge and we do it anyway.
But it’s something quite different to actually band together to deliberately plot against someone. We all know what it’s like to be ganged-up-on, to be picked on not by a single person but by a whole group of people. That is what’s happening in today’s Gospel. The Pharisees have had enough of verbally sparring with Jesus. They meet together, they plot together to have Him arrested and eventually put to death. They decide to dump all their fears, their anger and insecurities onto one person – Jesus. It’s called scapegoating – placing all our sins and weaknesses on a single person and making them pay for our faults.
So let’s not let ourselves get to that point. Even though our nerves are a bit frayed, our concerns about the future are raw and our fears are heightened, can’t we all just get along? Maybe it’s important to remind ourselves today of the Beatitudes – simple virtues of humility, peace-making and mercy. Be well! Be safe! Be kind!
Deacon Bill Frere