Have you experienced something like the following? You are friends with someone or you are in a working relationship with someone and initially all is well. The other person is supportive, encouraging, complimentary, –and there is mutual support, etc.–then without explanation something happens. They are no longer supportive, encouraging, complimentary. In fact soon they are rather absent from your life. Loyalty, faithfulness, devotion, trustworthiness, dependability and steadfastness turns to betrayal, unfaithfulness, etc. Whereas before there was time to nurture the friendship or relationship, now there isn’t, the other person is not interested in taking the time.
If you experienced something like the above, you might have a sense how Jesus felt in his life. At one point on his journey the crowds welcomed him, wanting him to be with them. They were loyal, faithful, and trustworthy. Then something happened, some of his friends betrayed him, they were unfaithful and disloyal.
What do these situation call us? To be careful, sensitive, compassionate. To be careful that we do not use others for our own gain. People are not like an old pair of socks, they cannot just be tossed aside for a new pair. Yet, there may be times that we in some way shape or form, toss another person aside.
Holy Week in the Christian tradition as well as religious observances in other religious traditions are reminders that people are holy and sacred just as the journey of life is holy and sacred. Handle people and life with care.
Our invitation is to handle people and life with care.
Blessings and peace