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Palm Sunday

Winnie Odo, New Victoria Associate

Isaiah 50: 4 – 7; Philippians 2: 6 -0 11; Mark 11: 1-10

Today we celebrate the Passion of Our Lord or Palm Sunday. I feel very blessed to have so many readings to reflect upon, each and everyone a gift of fruitfulness for my prayer. On this day, we hear the cry, ”Hosanna in the highest heaven”. Yet, where were these people, where was their passion, when Jesus was walking the streets and carrying the cross on the way to his execution? What kept people away? What kept them from not responding to the brutality done to another human being? Can we ever forget that soon to follow we hear “Crucify him! Crucify him!” --such a contrast!

Paul tells us in his letter to the Philippians that Jesus humbled himself to the point of death, even death on the cross +++. Each time I hear the word “humble”, I am reminded of the words used by our Marguerite, ¬urging us to be little, humble and poor. She too offered her life to God so that her younger sister might be made well, and God answers prayer.

The two disciples who were sent into the village were questioned as to why they were untying the donkey. Their response was. “The Lord needs it and will send it back immediately”. I feel that everything the Lord takes from us is blessed and returned to us, often in ways too opaque for our human eyes to grasp.

Jesus know us, He knows our spirits. His entry into Jerusalem mirrors His entry into our hearts on that night when the three wise men followed the star. We too need to do our part to have hungering hearts, to “tidy up” our souls, to have our lamps glowing so that we will be ready for God at our own appointed hour, keeping in the forefront that for everything there is a Season!

The Paschal Mystery doesn’t end at Calvary. We are called to be an Easter people who long for the Resurrection. We are called to be little, humble and poor, for it is in these that we will find our greatest spiritual riches.

From “A Year With Pope Francis” – daily reflections from his writings:
Our evangelizing vocation
Asks us to cultivate the humility
Of being stewards, not masters,
Who assume the reproach
And contempt for
The cross of Christ
In our daily work,
In the service
Of the Son of God
Who went before us
Along the way.

Blessings to all as we live these last few days of Lent.

 

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