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‘Hosannas’ to ‘Crucify him’

In basketball, a player is hailed as a hero when he commits a few errors and makes points during crucial moments. He becomes a “darling of the crowd.”

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That is why when Jesus’ impending death was approaching, his close followers could not understand why he would suffer terribly and die.

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“Create him not,” said the angel of Justice. “For he will commit all kinds of wickedness against his fellowman; he will be cruel and dishonest and unrighteous.”

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Justified anger

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In most stories of the gospel, Jesus Christ is depicted as a gentle, kind, compassionate man. However, in one incident at the temple, the Lord is seen fuming mad (read Jn 2,13-22, gospel for 3rd Sunday of Lent).

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A patient, who was being wheeled into the operating room, pleaded with the young doctor: “Doc, ple…please be gentle with me; this…this is my first time to be operated on!”

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A teen-aged son asked his father at what age temptation to women disappears. The father replied, “At my age, son, 75 years.” Whereupon, a beautiful, shapely lady passed by. Ogling at her, the father blurted out, “Son, did I say 75 years? Make that 85!”

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