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

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for April 1, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord; Mark 15:1-39

My Reflections:
Imagine the scene of Jesus’ triumphant entry to Jerusalem. Imagine that you’re there spreading your own cloak and waiving your own palm. While shouting hosanna, hosanna in the highest! To honor Him as He pass by you on a donkey. The mood is festive isn’t it?

But after a few days the festiveness is replaced by somberness and isolation. The crowd shouting hosanna, hosanna has suddenly evaporated like morning dew.  The crowd who’ve been with Jesus in His healing ministry is nowhere to be found. Where were they when Jesus needed them most? They simply abandoned Jesus because He was not doing anymore miracles and healings.

They were the same crowd who allowed themselves to be dictated by the chief priests. That is why they shouted to release Barabbas instead of Jesus. And ironically the same crowd who loudly shouted: Crucify Him! Crucify him! With their betrayal Jesus’ went through His passion and death on the cross.

Who are this modern day crowd? It’s no other than many of us if not all of us! We only acknowledge Jesus in our triumphs and victories, we recognize Jesus during the happy episodes of our lives. And when we are in need of His help and guidance. But when we undergo trials and testing we question Jesus why we have to go through these sad stretches in our lives.

We also betray Jesus when we allow ourselves to be tempted by the evils of our time. Such as corruption, betrayal of the sacred marriage covenant, by ignoring those who are in need. And by doing many more actions which is against the will of God.

Let us be with Jesus this entire Holy Week let us not leave Him. Let us not only be with Jesus during Palm and Easter Sunday. Let us be with Him in all the Masses to be celebrated such as the Mass before the way of the Cross. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper during Holy Thursday, the veneration of the cross during Good Friday and the Vigil Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection during Saturday.