Fri, June 11, 2021

Jn 19, 31-37

Now since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may come to believe. For this happened so that the scripture passage might be fulfilled: "Not a bone of it will be broken." And again another passage says:

"They will look upon him whom they have pierced."


What does Jesus think about nonviolence?

Jesus places a high value on nonviolent action. He commands his disciples: "Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also" (Mt 5,39). (2311)

He rebukes Peter, who wants to defend him with force: "Put your sword into its sheath" (Jn 18,11). Jesus does not call his disciples to take up weapons. He remains silent before Pilate. His way is to take the part of the victims, to go to the Cross, to redeem the world through love, and to call the peacemakers blessed. Therefore the Church, too, respects people who for reasons of conscience refuse to be part of the armed services but place themselves at the service of society in some other way.

Life can be so hard on us sometimes. We tend to forget that we are loved and will always be. By looking back at Jesus' great testimony of love, he sacrificed and received the most unimaginable pain someone can handle, for us. We're lucky to know He who reminds us to focus on love and sincerity. Let's take a moment to look at Him.
Clarentia Devi Endyasari

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