This is the night we recall with clarity and power the promise given so long ago: Justice for the poor and the powerless; swords beaten into plowshares; love stronger than death.
It is the wisdom of God that a plot to destroy Jesus is the means by which Jesus is able to show all of us – for all time – how to love in the face of hatred, and how God’s power is always greater.
We are in the final weeks of Lent and the readings for the Liturgy become more pointed as they describe the plotting and scheming against Jesus and those who stand with and against him – and those who just step back and become bystanders.
While the disciples seek to push the children away, Jesus literally “centers” a child in their midst. When we center the vulnerable in society, we help build a better world for all.
The letter of James reminds us of the damage that can be done by literally speaking without care or regard for others. In the Gospel, the disciples’ encounter with Jesus’ glory reminds us of how God is present well before we realize it.
In contrast to past kings of Israel who divided and disregarded the needs of the people, Jesus sees their deep hunger and responds to their deepest needs – food for their bodies and a reminder of the way God blesses the little we have and makes it more than enough.