strona do druku

December 26
2nd day of CHRISTMAS

You will be hated

     Angels’ songs can be still heard over the meadows of Bethlehem, the Three Magi haven’t quite left yet, and already Herod wants to kill the Baby.
     When Jesus accepts baptism from St. John, “the heavens opened” – as evangelist says – and “a voice was heard”: “You are my beloved Son”.
At the same time John the Baptist points to Jesus and tells his listeners “This is the lamb of God”.  But people do not rush after Jesus; merely two of John’s disciples follow Him.  And right away, the Satan tempts Him in the desert to betray his Father.
     When Jesus performs a miracle in the Synagogue; - cures a paralytic, Sadducees and Pharisees who are present there, not only don’t glorify Him, but leave the synagogue and deliberate on how to kill Him.
     When He performs the most significant miracle of rising Lazarus from the dead and the entire Jerusalem is astir, Sanhedrin gathers not to honor the God’s chosen one, but to pass a death sentence on Him.
     After the Last Supper, Judas, one of the twelve most trusted friends, sells Him to the Sanhedrin for 30 pieces of silver.
     And you complain to God that people wrong you.

                                                                                              Fr. M. M.