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THE REALITY OF PALM SUNDAY
Pope Benedict himself in his homily last Sunday in St Peter’s Square said this about Palm Sunday:
"But what are we really doing when we join this procession as part of the throng which went up with Jesus to Jerusalem and hailed him as King of Israel?
Is this anything more than a ritual, a quaint custom?
Does it have anything to do with the reality of our life and our world?
To answer this, we must first be clear about what Jesus himself wished to do and actually did.
After Peter’s confession of faith in Caesarea Philippi, in the northernmost part of the Holy Land, Jesus set out as a pilgrim towards Jerusalem for the feast of Passover.
He was journeying towards the Temple in the Holy City, towards that place which for Israel ensured (in a particular way) God’s closeness to his people.
He was making his way towards the common feast of Passover, the memorial of Israel’s liberation from Egypt and the sign of its hope of definitive liberation.
He knew that what awaited him was a new Passover and that he himself would take the place of the sacrificial lambs by offering himself on the cross.
He knew that in the mysterious gifts of bread and wine he would give himself for ever to his own, and that he would open to them the door to a new path of liberation, to fellowship with the living God.
He was making his way to the heights of the Cross, to the moment of self-giving love.
The ultimate goal of his pilgrimage was the heights of God himself; to those heights he wanted to lift every human being."
"The beginning of love is God. He showed his love in the most sacrificial of ways so we could know our incredible value to him. The price of our adoption was the emptying of heaven of its greatest treasure, God the Son, who is our Savior."
(Poem by Ruth Bell Graham)
Had I been Joseph’s mother
I’d have prayed
protection from his brothers
"God, keep him safe.
He is so young,
so different from
she never knew
there would be slavery
and prison too.
Had I been Moses’ mother
I’d have wept
To keep my little son:
praying she might forget
the babe drawn
from the water
of the Nile.
Had I not kept
him for her
nursing him the while, ’ was he not mine?--and she
but Pharaoh’s daughter?
Had I been Daniel’s mother
I should have pled
--this Babylonian horde
BOICE ON THE VIRGIN BIRTH
One well-known Christian author, James Montgomery Boice, eloquently documents amazing things Jesus’ virgin birth, sinless life and sacrificial death accomplished for mankind as an amazing sign of His love.
Jesus endured a human birth to give us a new spiritual birth.
He occupied a stable that we might occupy a mansion.
He had an earthly mother so that we might have a heavenly Father.
He became subject so that we might be free.
He left his glory to give us glory.
He was poor that we might be rich.
He was welcomed by shepherds at His birth so we through our new birth can one
day be welcomed by angels.
He was hunted by Herod that we might be delivered from the grasp of Satan.
That is the great paradox of the Christmas story. It is that...
Love for Our Neighbor
John Vianney, 18th Century Pastor, is quoted as saying, “Love for our neighbor consists of three things: to desire the greater good of everyone; to do what good we can when we can; to bear, excuse, and hide other’s faults. The kind of love that Jesus is talking...