Solidarity

“Solidarity”
A reflection on Luke 13:1-5
Saturday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”

Luke 13:1-5

“They got what they deserved.” Such a judgment may have been lingering in the hearts of those who were chattering about the unfortunate Galileans. The matter was brought up to Jesus who failed to vindicate that notion.

But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!

When hearing about the tragedy of others, it’s all too common to stand apart as if it was “their tragedy” and not also one’s own. Foes may even gloat over one another’s misfortunes.

We’re all in the same boat of mortality and unpredictability. Falling towers, tsunamis, earthquakes, murders, and injustices are recurring calamities in every generation. 

Jesus’ life and message demonstrated the profound truth that the suffering of one is the suffering of all, and the sin of one hurts all, for we are one body.

Without any need of repentance, the sinless Son of God took the sins of all humankind upon himself on the Cross and died a criminal’s death in perfect solidarity with the plight of the perishing.

One Reply to “Solidarity”

  1. Dear GMC, Thank you for your reflection. It reminds me of another beautiful thought by Richard Rohr: “We are often most gifted to heal others precisely where we ourselves were wounded, or wounded others.” Thank you, GMC, for continuing to inspire us and calling us to our better selves.

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