“Let His Blood Be Upon Us”
Of all the Easter season readings, the one that always troubles me most is from Matthew 25:27 when the crowd cries out: “Let his blood be upon us and upon our descendants.” It might be worth remembering that this passage is found in the Gospel of Matthew, and Matthew was himself a Jew. Is he calling down upon his own people a centuries-long curse? I think not. This is a common-enough misunderstanding, one with especially tragic consequences in this instance, but one that fits a common pattern.
The “pattern” involves taking a passage that has to do with Christ’s selfless sacrifice