We are all aware that it’s wrong to deceive other people; but I wonder if we have considered that it’s equally wrong to deceive ourselves. A sizeable share of human energy is spent on the sad art of self-..deception, manipulating our thoughts in order to justify the things we have done or plan to do. That is what the elders of Israel did to themselves. They decided to murder Jesus because for very personal reasons they wanted him out of the way. But instead of admitting that ugly truth, they convinced themselves that they were offering him as a sacrifice in the interest of national security. Jesus is no longer on trial, but we are. And the question is: Do we have the courage to tell ourselves the truth and to proclaim the truth?