Today we listen to the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 26:14 – 27:66. It is a very long and sad Gospel. It is also very meaningful and always gives me cause for reflection and prayer. Everyone deserts Jesus except for “Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.” Jesus stands alone through his mock trial and conviction. His only crime was to teach people what God had intended from the beginning of time. We are to love and care for each other. Laws are not made to be a burden to the people but to guide us in fulfilling what God wants: to care and nurture his people.
Can you imagine what it was like for Jesus to look into the eyes of those who were condemning him? Can you imagine what it was like for Jesus to realize all his friends were gone? Can you imagine what it was like for Jesus to think about the day he and his Father along with the Holy Spirit created the very people who were screaming “crucify him, crucify him?” He must have felt betrayed and deserted. He must have wondered where his friends were, those he protected and cared for.
My dear friends, do not desert Jesus. Even when times are hard and we can’t understand how life could be so difficult. Remember he is with you always and he will never desert you.
Say a prayer today for those who are afflicted with COVID-19, their families and their caregivers. Ask Jesus to give you the courage to stand with him always no matter how hard life gets. Then promise him you will never live another day without him!
Peace and All Good!