THIS IS THE HOUR OF THE SON OF MAN, AN AMAZING PARADOX
(NDI MIRACLE SEEKERS AMAROKWANU KA JESU SI KWADO!!!)
First of all, why the title “the Son of Man” and not ‘the Son of God’ 🙏?- For a better clarification, the title used took its orgin in Daniel 7 : 13. Prior to that, Daniel 7:1-8, is about world powers, Assyrian, Babylonian, the Medes and the Persians. They were cruel, savage, sadistic and so described as wild beasts- Lion with Eagles wing, bear with three ribs between its teeth, the leopard with the four wings and four heads and the terrible beast with iron teeth and ten horns.
It was the dream of the seer that there was going to come a new power and that power, unlike the beasts, was to be gentle and humane and gracious. So that it could be depicted under the symbol not of savage beasts, but of a man. And so, the book of Daniel and even of Enock repeatedly speaks of the champion of the son of man. Therefore, the passage means that the day of savagery would pass and the day of humanity was coming through the son of man.
To the Jews, the son of man stood for the undefeated world conqueror sent by God. No wonder when Jesus said in gospel of today ” The hour has come when the Son of Man must be glorified” the listeners would catch their breath by remembering what daniel said about him.
But unfortunately for them, Jesus did not mean by glorified what they understood. For them it means that the subjected kingdoms of the earth would grovel before the conqueror’s feet. But for jesus, glorifed means crucified. They thought the conquest of the armies of God, but our blessed Lord meant the conquest of the Cross. We will never understand Jesus, nor the attitude of the Jews to him until we understand how he turned their ideas upside down, replacing a dream of conquest with a vision of a Cross. And the tragedy is that they refused to try.
Today, the ball is now in our court to try. In order not to make the same mistake that they made, there is something interestingly significant here for us to understand. When we recall what happened at the marriage at cana ( Jn. 2:4), Jesus told his mother- ” woman, my hour had not yet come”. In his conversation with the woman at the well of Jacob, he says ” the hour is coming” ( Jn. 4:21). The same expression was repeated in the episode at the pool of Bethsaida ( Jn.5: 28). In all these events, it was miracles that were recorded.
The big question therefore is, why was it not the hour at those moments but it became the hour in this gospel passage. In other words what is the difference between those circumstances and the present one? When we hear that jesus refuse to associate such great miraculous evenrs with the hour, it suggests to us that the hour must be something unique and precious to Jesus. The hour truly means the heart of his mission. The purpose for coming into the world. And so, what christ wanted to be remembered for was not the very miracles he performed while on earth, not even the walking on the sea or raising the dead. The hour that Christ calls the hour of glory is found in the context in which he talks about the wheat grain dying. And that is his crucifixion.
What do we learn here – the grain of wheat is ineffective and unfruitful until it dies and not preserved. Remember Tertulian exclamation, “the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christianity”. By spending life do we retain it. Not once or twice but many times Jesus insisted the man who hoarded his life must in the end loose it. And again by service come greatness.
Beloved in Christ, we resemble christ the most, not when we seek or work miracles but when we die like the wheat grain, not unnecessary achievements but when we sacrifice to make the society better and restore peace. Above all, that crucifixion which is his hour of glory is re- enacted at Holy Mass, so that we can gain power to repeat the sacrifice as we depart from the Mass. And to all, who will follow Christ’s hour, will be glorified with him.
God bless us all……….. FADATEC