Written on: April 1, 2020
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion April 5, 2020
In Living Lent with Laughter and Love, Fr. Thomas Connery writes: Little Sammy was ill on Palm Sunday, and stayed home from Church. When his family returned with palm fronds, he asked what they were. His father said that “people would wave them as Jesus walked by.” Sammy complained, “Wouldn’t you know it, the one Sunday I don’t go, HE shows up!”
Well, in these days of isolation and social distancing, will ANYBODY show up? To say that this Lenten season, is unique, is a gross understatement. A friend of mine, who enjoys periodic hibernation, feels that this is an opportunity for sacred time. Attitude is everything, the difference between Sabbath and Stress.
Palm Sunday opens the holiest week in the liturgical calendar, revealing the paschal mystery of life, suffering, death and New life. As we journey with Matthew through today’s reading, we revisit some familiar places: Jerusalem, with the joyous crowd shouting, Hosanna, save us. We remember Gethsemane, and the traitor’s kiss, the Praetorium mockery, and the uphill walk to Golgotha, along with the players who star in the unfolding drama.
We sense the desperate despair of Judas and the tearful repentance of Peter, and the religious and political officials, Caiaphas and Pilate who avoid the consequences of decisive leadership and action. The Roman Centurion, the only one who really “gets it” proclaiming: “Truly, this is the Son of God.” Finally, Joseph of Arimathea, the fearless, and compassionate, man who offers Jesus a final resting place.
Like Isaiah, let me open my ears that I may hear the good news, and not turn back because the Lord, God emptied himself of life for me. Would that I may empty myself of the superfluous and superficial aspects of my life for him.
Because my spirit is willing and I am weak, I want to move forward this week knowing that the hour is at hand to make the most of every day and event of this sacred Sabbath time!
A story of HOPE from the porch of #616 at Lafayette: Mary Karen faithfully waters the “sticks of the plants” all winter and this week we are blessed with two, soon to be five, beautiful white orchids! So keep positive, optimistic, and keep watering those sticks!
Many thanks to Sr. Dolores Beatty for reminding us in this time of great suffering across the globe, that our isolation is temporary; that we are all still on the journey with Jesus. Let us walk this road with hope in our hearts.