Saturday after the Second Sunday in Lent
But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.” All of them deserted him and fled. Mark 14:47-50
It is always heartbreaking to ever hear of Jesus’ life, teachings or ministry being used to justify war or any kind of violence. All one has to do is even glance at the beatitudes or Sermon on the Mount to know that Jesus taught, and lived, nonviolence as a core principle. But if anyone ever has a lingering question about it, his response to violence committed by his own protectors on the night of his arrest ought to clear it up.
At this point Jesus knows what’s coming. He is looking down the barrel of a gun with the finger of ridicule, torture, and execution on the trigger. Yet, when one of his friends tries to stop one of those about to arrest him, he stays his hand with a simple, “Let it be.” Jesus is able to do this because he knows the victory never lies with the violent. God wins, love wins, justice wins, even when in the midst of human chaos and fear that seems far away.
Father, not my will, but yours be done. (Repeat).
The Rev. Christopher Bishop
Saint Martin’s, Radnor