Aware that the scribes and Pharisees have for some time now been plotting to kill him, unwavering in their conviction that they are in the right, Jesus chastises them for saying “If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have not joined them in shedding the prophet’s blood.”
Whenever we catch ourselves thinking, “If I had lived at such and such a time or place, or had been in such and such a situation, I would never have…(fill in the blank)," we can be sure that we have gone astray. We have somehow lost sight of the fallen human nature we share with everybody else. Aware of our need for the divine mercy, let us acknowledge our sins.
Photograph by Brother Brian. Meditation by Father Timothy.