Eucharistic Readings for Monday of Easter Week 2020: All Years
“When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.” (Matthew 28: 12 – 15)
Our Lord Jesus walked into human history at about the same time that coin money made its way into our trading markets, or shortly thereafter. While money has some good qualities insofar as having a long shelf-life while food (vegetable or animal) can’t be kept for trade for very long. On the downside money quickly became the ends rather than the means of maintaining life. So the chief priest and elders gave the soldiers a large sum of money, which is in addition to their pay as soldiers, to perpetrate a lie.
For me, the saddest part is that these men (chief priest and elders) are supposed to be the faith and moral leadership of the community. These clergy study and maintain the Ten Commandments of Moses, one of which says, “Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”
Being a person of religious responsibility I must keep my eyes and ears open to other faith traditions and always ask if my own tradition could learn something from another faith walk. None of our faiths are perfect. But each of us, clergy or not, has a personal responsibility to monitor our own integrity. We should not devise schemes that lie about others nor should we become a party to such a scheme if proposed.
Our Lord Jesus was moved, that is, Raised!, not by disciples or soldiers or any human being, but by God as a way of keeping an unbreakable covenant forever.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John