In John 12:9-11, after raising Lazarus from the dead, crowds gather around Jesus and believe in him. The next day the multitudes that had gathered for the feast in Jerusalem welcome Jesus as he enters Jerusalem.
1968 (Mumbai) – Time to elect a new leader to represent them in parliament. The leader to be elected was appointed from above. It was a sham they cried, as riots broke out. Those owing allegiance to the appointed candidate were targeted. Battle lines were drawn. The city was in flames, divided along these lines. They were not on their side. The family decided to relocate once peace reigned.
In Matthew 21:1-11, as Jesus descends from the Mount of Olives towards Jerusalem the crowds lay their clothes on the ground to welcome Jesus as he triumphantly enters Jerusalem.
1970 (Mumbai) – Uncle Mateo moved to the Hill, a decade later Raj moved to the valley of darkness. Seated on the hill, he felt lost. His children had left home to seek their fortune. They went their ways, and he had no choice but to work past retirement.
The Sanhedrin trial of Jesus following his midnight arrest, and Pilate washing his hands off Jesus as he is led to his crucifixion.Following him was a crowd of women mourning and lamenting..
1984 (Pune) – A midnight call informing Uncle Mateo was hospitalized at the Emerald. No sooner did he see Raj he wept. He wanted to go home with him. Be with family. His children on hearing his failing health rushed to be by his side. He was No More. They began to weep.
Luke 23:28 Jesus turned and said to them,” Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.”