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By Ver F. Pacete

As I See It

Saturday, April 12, 2014


JESUS appeared to be a non-conformist. He rejected the vision of the Pharisees to build a holy nation that maintained purity, fasting and rigorous observance of the Sabbath. He mingled with sinners (even ate with them), ignored ritual washing, and rejected fasting. He was conducting healing sessions even on a Sabbath and he allowed his disciples to work on a holy day.

The righteous considered the actions of Jesus as a disregard for God’s commandments. He outraged the managers of the religious establishment by getting angry in the temple’s business, driving away money changers, driving out animals, and (watch out) accusing the priests of making God’s house (according to the Bible) “a den of robbers.” His popularity (not by SWS survey) went down. The mighty and the lowly (those who could be persuaded) feared for the uncontrolled uprising (like EDSA Revolution) that will destroy the Roman Empire and the holy place of worship.

Jesus loves the ass that’s why he rode on a donkey in entering the city of Jerusalem. This was foretold in the Old Testament by Prophet Zechariah, “Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the foal of an ass.” So, there is nothing wrong with an ass. When you serve Jesus you become an ass. Don’t just act like a real ass!

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Is the Last Supper significant? Jesus called the bread his body and the wine his blood. Jesus instructed his disciples to “do this in remembrance of me.” The early Christians shared bread and wine to reaffirm their unity as Christians and their fellowship, or communion, with each other. Reenacting the events of the Last Supper, the Holy Communion service of the church commemorated the new covenant and bound members to each other as well as to God. I am sure that my lines here will make fellow Catholics happy . . . especially the priests.

Who wants to become like Judas Iscariot? (I remember my primary school classmate, Fernando Escariote.) His role in the life of Jesus is having intriguing mysteries; according to Matthew, Judas repented by returning the money and went away to hang himself. In the Book of Acts it is said that he bought a field with the money and suffered a gruesome death there. This could be the origin of “Blood Money.” Those who are involved in Pdaf scam are warned to be careful with that blood money. Judas Iscariot is waiting for you.

How was Christ tried? (This reminds me of the play, “The Crime of God” to be presented by CCT-Silay on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.) Caiaphas (the cunning priest of Judea), the son-in-law of Annas (former high priest also) interrogated Jesus, but before that Jesus was first questioned by Annas. Jesus was accused by the chief priests and the Pharisees because they believe that Jesus is undermining their authority.

Jesus was brought to Roman Governor Pontius Pilate. (Unlike our governor, Pilate was not into organic farming.) Jesus was a Galilean and therefore not under him (Pilate). So, Jesus was directed to be taken to the Roman ruler of Galilee, Herod Antipas, who was in Jerusalem at that time. Herod questioned Jesus. Just like Janet Napoles, Jesus refused to speak a single word in reply. Herod put beautiful robes on Jesus and then sent him back to Pilate.

In the hearing before Sanhedrin (Jewish Court), Jesus was accused of blasphemy but under Jewish law to claim to be the Messiah – even to call oneself the son of God – was not blasphemous. In bringing again to Pilate, the Jewish officials phrased their charges in political rather than religious terms. “Jesus was perverting our nation, and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he is Christ a king.” Just the same, Jesus was executed for political insurrection. (This reminds of me of the recent capture of the alleged NPA leaders in Cebu.)

The last days of Christ were very complicated. He was accused left and right for this and for that. Again, we are reminded that things can always go wild if we are not careful with our justice system. It would appear like a road show. The lesson from the story of Christ could be applied to PDAF scam handlers. After the circus at the Senate, what will the Department of Justice do? Who will handle the ball, pass the ball, dribble the ball, and shoot the ball? Reflect on your own ball.

To be continued ...

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 12, 2014.

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