Friday, Week IV of Lent
The Pontifical North American College
March 31, 2017
The wicked man’s guilt. It begins as King Herod’s peculiar if not strange pleasure in listening to the saintly John the Baptist; morphs into King Saul’s jealousy for David; like Joseph’s jealous brothers quickly starts scheming and conspiring; and finally, the deed, elimination, murder, Cain and Abel. All the while, the righteousness of Job rebels and protests before God; that of the carpenter Joseph not wanting to expose his wife to shame, decides to divorce her quietly; Sarah, laughs at the idea of Isaac; and the Baptist sends his disciples asking «are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?». The doubt of the just man. The wicked man’s guilt and the doubt of the just man. For the Patriarchs, the wicked man’s guilt blinded him from the «hidden counsels of God», «the recompense of holiness», «the innocent soul’s reward»; while the just man’s doubt diminished the fear of the Lord and the keeping of His commandments. Yet, in Christ, wickedness becomes the fulfillment of prophecies: «Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for according to his own words, God will same him»; and doubt salvific obedience: «Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still not my will but yours be done».