The Story of Esperanza Reyes: Chapter 21

Chapter 21

Esperanza’s last words to the the seminar were this, “Take care of yourselves. Don’t be weighed down with the cares and worries of this life. One day, all these things will not matter. It will happen suddenly. Be watchful, and be brave. You will be able to see all your work come to fruition.” As she finished up the other speakers began to murmur in the sidelines. She left unceremoniously and began to prepare for the feast of Passover.

This was the year of 2017 C.E. Donald Trump had been elected president the prior year and there had been many instances of unrest in the country. The priests and rabbi conspired to put Esperanza to death; for they feared how her message could topple the power they had over the people.

A Priest invited Esperanza and her group to dinner. There was a woman whom Esperanza recognized in the crowd. The priests and rabbi had used her as an example of a sinner, yet here she was perhaps to set Esperanza up again. When this woman spotted her she began to weep. She came and fell at Esperanza’s feet. She took a very expensive jar of oil and began to anoint her feet. She wept so bitterly that her tears wet her feet. She began to wipe them with her dress as well. When the Priest who had invited Esperanza saw this he said aloud, “If this woman were a prophet, she would have known who and what this other woman is. She’s a sinner!” Esperanza sharply looked at him, “I have a story for you, A certain banker had two customers who had taken out loans, one for $5000 and the other for $500. When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?” The priest thought for a moment and said, “I suppose the one who was forgiven more.” She said to him, “Correct!” She looked down at the woman and asked him, “Do you see this woman? I came to your house, you did not offer me any refreshments. You did not offer any relief for my feet. She has anointed my feel with oil and washed them with her tears. She has shown me great honor. Honestly, her sins are forgiven. She has loved much. But he…” She turned to look directly at him, “.. who has been forgiven little, loves little.” She looked back down at the woman and lifted her up. “Thank you, dear. What you have done today, will be remembered always.”

At this display, Jaime, who was one of the twelve, thought it was time for Esperanza to settle things once and for all with the priests and rabbi, possibly even Ha’Av. Jaime slipped out of the party and met with the priests and rabbi who were conspiring against Esperanza. Jaime believed that if this was set up so, Esperanza would have no choice but to become the leader that Jaime believed her to be. Jaime met with them and offered to give her over to them. They paid Jaime $3000 and Jaime agreed to a peaceful confrontation.

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Esperanza sent Pedro with the group to prepare the feast for them. They asked her, “Where are we supposed to go? Should we return home or stay here in Austin?” She said to them. “Go to the grocery store. There you’ll run into a man trying to buy water. Talk to him and say your teacher has need of a gathering place. He will have the gathering room of a local synagogue ready for the passover. There you will prepare for us.” Pedro and the others set out for the grocery story which she had told them of, only half believing they would run into a man trying to buy water. Surprisingly there he was. They asked and just as she had said the room was ready. They went and prepared for the feast. That evening all were gathered together in the room.

She said to the gathered, the main group and new friends just made, “I have really wanted to eat this feast with you before I am to suffer. This will probably be my last meal.” She took the unleavened bread in front of her and she blessed and broke it. She passed it around saying, “This is the body of a new sacrifice, as the Divine made a covenant contract with Abraham, so is the Divine making new contract now. Take eat this is my body which is broken for you.” She took the wine glass from in front of her and said a blessing. She passed it around saying, “Take and drink from this cup; this is the blood of the sacrifice of the new contract that is being written between the Divine and man. As often as you drink and break bread do it remembering me and our time together.” This troubled all who were gathered as they did not know of what she was speaking of, yet. She turned to Jaime, and said, “Go and do what it is you have to do.” Jaime didn’t know how she knew about the conspiring but Jaime got up and left to go get the priests and rabbi. They sat and finished the feast together. Esperanza’s mood was dour, though the feast was lively and enjoyed by those gathered.

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