Every Lent, I make a point of listening to Jesus Christ Superstar in (more or less) one sitting, and, every year, some passage really jumps out at me. A cultural Anglican (the young Andrew Lloyd Webber) and a cynical agnostic (Tim Rice) really gave a lot of insights in their passion play based upon the Gospels and the teachings of Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
Anyway, today, that reflection was the line in “What’s the Buzz”: “I’m amazed that men like you can be so shallow, thick and slow. There is not a man among you who knows or cares if I come or go.”
Call it the “Sherlock Holmes” principle. In the Sherlock Holmes stories, we often get the impression that Dr. Watson is an idiot. But the whole point is that Dr. Watson is a medical doctor. He’s a very smart person and yet, compared to Holmes, he’s an idiot. It’s about how smart Holmes is, not how dumb Watson is.
So, in the Gospels, when Jesus says, “Oh wicked and perverse generation, how long must I endure you?” or words to that effect, He’s often referring to the Apostles.
These are the men who’ve already given up everything to follow Jesus around the country. They obey His every command. They acknowledge Him as the Messiah and Lord. And, yet, even they are “wicked and perverse” by Jesus’ standards of perfection.
Remember Luke 17:10: “So you also, when you shall have done all these things that are commanded you, say: We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which we ought to do. “
My dad said he was reading a passage from St. Faustina’s diary today where Jesus says He is not offended so much by the great sins of those who live in the world as He is by the minor faults of those who love Him the most.
Meanwhile, we have people like this who think they can be “OK with God” while they do whatever they want.