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                     Even though political considerations ended by carrying the day, they were not the

                   only subject for debate. There were mystical, even magical elements. One of them was
                   the resurrection of Lazarus, which was the last straw. St. John tells us:

                     Then many of the Jews which came to Mary and had seen the things which Jesus did,

                   believed in Him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them

                   what things Jesus had done.
                     Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said: what do we?

                   For this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him

                   and the Romans shall come and take away both our town and nation.

                     And one of them, named Caïaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto

                     Ye know nothing at all, nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should

                   die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

                     Referring to Caïaphas, St. John adds the following verse:

                     And this spoke he not of himself; but being high priest that year, he prophesied that

                   Jesus should die for that nation. And not for that nation only, but that also he should
                   gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad .

                     Here, we enter into the mystical domain to which we have already referred.

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                        John, XI, 45-52.
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