Jacob dies in the way many people would like to go. He is surrounded by his family and is able to speak to each of them before passing. He is long-lived and successful. He retains his mental faculties to the end. He dies peacefully in his bed. I wouldn't mind this as an ending to my life!
Death may allow us to contemplate
who we are in this world and what impact
we will leave.
The Gospels don't contain any report about Jesus having any friendly relations among the priests. Even though modern ears may think more quickly of the enemies of Jesus as the Pharisees, Jesus actually did have some friends among them such as Nicodemus. We hear of what Jesus thought of the priests in the parable of the Good Samaritan. It was the priest that is more concerned about his ritual purity than he is about helping someone in their hour of need.
Jesus causes a commotion outside the Temple when he drives out the moneychangers.
The Gospels report that it was the chief priests that conspired to kill him. They had the resources to have him arrested. The Pharisees had no authority to do this.
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy.
in our prayers for our country as we remember especially
the men and women who powerfully influence the life of society:
those who fashion our politics,
those who frame and administer our laws,
those who mold public opinion through the press, radio and television,
those who write what many read.
May all such recognize their responsibility to you and to the nation,
that people may be influenced for what is good, not evil;
for what is true, not false;
for the glory of your name.
Prayer by Frank Colquhoun, priest, Church of England, 20th Century
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