I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Thursday, March 13, 2008

My Reflections for Palm Sunday, Matthew 21:1-11 March 16 (Jesus triumphant entry to Jerusalem)

My reflections:There are fair-weather friends/followers and there are few friends/followers who will be willing to stand by us until the very end.

In the gospel, while Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem riding on an ass, the crowds were on a festive mood; they spread their cloaks on the road, they were saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest." These crowds are the fair-weather followers of Jesus who will eventually betray him and shout to high heavens: “Crucify him! crucify him!"

Now who were the very few who stood by Jesus until his last gasp of breath on the cross? John 19:25-27 says: “Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother (Mary) and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple (John the Apostle/Evangelist) there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother."
As we are ushered into the first day of Holy week we may want to ask ourselves: Who am I as a friend/follower of Jesus? Am I a fair-weather friend/follower or a friend until the very end.

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