I find the way Jesus was tried and sentenced so conflicting that even a person with no law background could say that is fishy. The trial Jesus was put through had nothing to do with normal court procedures. It wasn’t about finding the truth but it was all about finding a reason to do away with Our Lord. Let’s look first what happens when Jesus is brought before religious leaders he is accused of blasphemy. In other words he is too religious; he is presented as a religious freak. Those leaders knew that it was going to catch the attention of the crowd, that the crowd would react emotionally. Just think about what we see in some Muslim countries when Koran is burnt by somebody in America or Europe. The same tactic the Jewish leaders used to turn the crowd against Jesus. But they knew that if Jesus was lynched they would be in a big trouble because they had no right to sentence to death it was reserved to Pontius Pilate who represented the Roman Emperor. Now when they take Jesus to him you would expect that the accusation is going to be the same. However it is not. They don’t accuse Jesus of being too religious because Pilate would lough at them. He was a pagan. He didn’t care about their believes. So when they bring Jesus before Pilate they press different charges. This time they accuse Jesus for being too worldly. They say he turns people against Roman Authorities. Why didn’t they tell the crowd that? Because Jesus would become a hero to the crowd. Jesus is sentenced to death for no other reason than simply getting rid of him.
My Dear Friends of Jesus! My Dear fellow believers! As we begin the Holy Week 2013, as we follow Jesus in his trial we acknowledge that this Saviour of the Universe we worship is too religious indeed because we people are not religious enough. He is described religious because there was nothing in his life that was kept form God his Father, his hear was for his Father, his mind was for his Father, his actions, decisions and words were inspired by God the Almighty. However Jesus is also too worldly indeed. He is too worldly because we take the world wrongly, we look at the world and everything and everybody that is tin the world as something we can use. Christ the Lord was looking at the world not to use it for his pleasure but to serve, to be a servant of the world. On Palm Sunday we read the Gospel differently. Usually there are a few people involved in the reading of the Passion. In a church there was a man who wanted to make it more dramatic. So when he was to read Pilate’s words about the inscription above the cross: “What I have written, I have written!” the man read: “What have I written! What have I written!”
The inscription: “This is Jesus King of the Jews” was ordered by Pilate to upset
the Jews but God in his infinite wisdom made it a public proclamation of who
the person on the cross truly were: The King, the Saviour of the Jews and of the whole world. The Saviour who unites heaven and earth.
The Saviour who gives us an opportunity to become truly religious people, as we invite him into our life, as we accept him as our Messiah. The Saviour who changes us from users of the World into servants of the World. When you are doing things online they ask you for the user name and password. If you don’t know who the user is you can’t log in. On this Palm Sunday Our Blessed Lord tells us: You cannot log into my Kingdom as an user. You must log in as a servant. You know what if you are not a servant you will be a catholic but you will never be a happy catholic. You will be bitter, selfish, cranky and depressed like the people who sit in front their computers and cannot log in because the system doesn’t take their name. The system we are talking today about is called the Kingdom of heaven mentioned by one of the criminals crucified with Jesus. The man took the opportunity he had being so closed to the Lord and he with the last attempt that was left he linked himself with being a servant. Do you know what the password to heaven is: JESUS.