“But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.’” (John 11:49-50 )
There have been occasions in my life when I spoke words and had no idea what I was really saying.
I reflect on that as we consider the words of Caiaphas in today's Gospel. You can easily imagine the heads nodding in agreement as he spoke. His words to them seemed the answer for how to deal with Jesus. Of course, we know the whole story. God indeed gave His Son to die for the people - that we all might be saved and have eternal life. Caiaphas was right - but not for the reasons he thought, and really he had no idea what he was saying.
As we enter Holy Week, let us meditate less on the words we say, and more on the Word spoken to us. The liturgies this week, beginning with Palm Sunday, offer the Words of life.