Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem! (Mt. 20-18)
Updated: Mar 5
By Silvia Holgado
March 4th, 2022
Photo by Robert Bye, Unsplash
I have sometimes wondered why Jesus uses the plural in this sentence. When he finishes pronouncing it, he says to his disciples: “The Son of man will be handed over […] they will condemn him to death […], and after three days he will rise again.” He speaks only of himself, of what will happen to him in Jerusalem. So why this insistence? “Behold!” Are we all going up to Jerusalem? In that moment of profound decision, it would seem he wants to emphasize that we will also accompany him to Jerusalem.
“Behold!” Are we all going up to Jerusalem?
Lent, which we begin today, reminds us that as Christians, we too are invited to "go up to Jerusalem with Jesus Christ.” It is not a path that is traveled alone and without reason, but in the company of Jesus, and because he first traveled it for our salvation. As in his public life, from Baptism in the Jordan to Mount Calvary, the Christian also travels a path of identification with Jesus from their baptism. And as in the life of Christ, the last word is not the Cross but the empty Tomb, not death but life.
as in the life of Christ, the last word is not the Cross but the empty Tomb, not death but life.
This year especially, we are called to walk the path praying for peace and building relationships of peace. May this Lent find us sowing peace among those closest to us, in daily relationships, to be called children of God, true disciples of His.
Written by: Silvia Holgado