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In spite of all the signs from God given through Moses and Aaron and the pleading from his own officials, Pharaoh stubbornly refuses to believe in the power of the God of Abraham. He fails even to use common sense to realise that he is beaten until finally he gives in, but only after he has sacrificed his first born son to his own stubborn and selfish will and the first born of every other citizen of Egypt. What a price to pay for disobedience. Even at this stage, we do not know if Pharaoh truly believes or simply wants rid of the troublesome slaves.

So it is with the leading priests and teachers of religious law in the time of Jesus. They see Jesus enter Jerusalem on the back of a donkey (just as his pregnant mother had entered Bethlehem to have her child). This was not the triumphant king on a white charger, but a humble man, preparing to give his life for his people. They had heard him preach in the temple and they witnessed his many miracles, cripples walk, the blind see, demons are cast out and the dead rise from the grave.

But they, like Pharaoh before them, refuse to believe. They cannot accept that Jesus is the Son of God rather they see him as a radical, maybe even a terrorist whose behaviour, if it is allowed to continue, will upset their comfortable lifestyles. So they start to plot his downfall.

We have even more evidence than the people of Jesus’ time. We have the complete Gospel story, he Acts of the Apostles, saints, martyrs, great teachers and gentle doctors of the church. We have apparitions of Our Blessed Mother around the world and much more but do we truly believe? Do we have faith? Or do we still need to be convinced that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life? Do we accept that He is our Lord and Saviour and that it is only through his infinite goodness that sinful man can be saved from the eternal fires of hell?

Scripture: Exodus 12:14-13:16; Matthew 20:29-21:22; Psalm 25:16-22; Proverbs 6:12-15

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