Quotations:

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

Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for April 17, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, Matthew 27:11-54

My Reflections:
A chinese proverb states that: Victory has many fathers and defeat is an orphan. On the surface this probably explains the scenario of our Palm Sunday gospels. By virtue of His miraculous deeds Jesus gained thousands of followers then as He was being persecuted by the Jews the followers slowly evaporated from His sight. 

This basically is how some people follow Jesus today, it is loyalty based on what He can do for us, if He can’t do anymore miracles in our lives we slowly leave Him for the Gods of this world. Such as the God called greed, the God called lust, the God called power and many more false and fleeting Gods that this temporary world offers us.

When Jesus was entering Jerusalem riding an ass He was at the height of His popularity that’s why hundreds of people were rejoicing, crying and shouting, hosanna to the son of David.

Then after He was betrayed by Judas and subsequently caught then tortured by the roman soldiers the followers started to walk away from Him.

We find in the Life of Jesus the paradox of human loyalty, that it is mainly based on what a certain person can do for us. If this person can give us what we want from Him then He or they will continue to be popular and to be followed. But once this person or group of person becomes marginalized or they’re not anymore able to give us what we want from them these disloyal followers’ walks away and will even be their number one persecutor.

It happened to Jesus the people who were shouting hosanna to the son of David upon His entry to Jerusalem were the very same people who shouted before Pilate: crucify him, crucify him. 

As we journey this Holy Week we will once again go through the passion of Jesus and His death on the cross.

Let us not leave him again, let us not betray him again for the Gods of this world. 

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