“Jesus was deeply troubled”!
There seems to be a growing distress in Jesus echoing the Suffering Servant song: “ I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength”.
How often we have felt this when everything we worked for, spent our energies and feel like the rug is pulled from under us.
All seems to be a useless task.
It is a heart breaking moment for Jesus. Jesus realizes that his close friends are going to desert him, betray him, deny him, abandon him, and hide from him when he needed them the most.
Jesus was troubled about his disciples not so much about himself.
It must have taken a lot of inner soul searching and leaning hard on the One who will strengthen him to go on with the suffering of Calvary moments.
How often do we feel troubled about the new generation?
The attitudes and decisions, and choices of people that are less life-giving and more death-dealing?
The lack of trust, commitment and responsibility of those for whom we have invested our time, talent and treasure?
The growing disparity between the rich and the poor?
Many are the troubles of Jesus looking at the human person today.
Why would Jesus be troubled about you and me?
Help me God,
to trust and hope in you
when I am troubled.
Only In God is my soul at rest:
God anole is enough:
Father I put my life in your hands:
Holy week is a time to reflect on the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus because it is the story of our salvation.
Jesus indeed is our light and salvation and that salvation is wrought with unbearable suffering that Isaiah prophesied.
Jesus is the ‘suffering servant’ gives us a model of how God works in world through a patient hope.
Kathleen Norris tells us that this prophecy is of great use to us in our Holy Week journey if we remember that it’s not just about Jesus, but about us.
Isaiah is describing any one of God’s faithful who willingly and humbly takes on suffering as the cost of giving witness.
I cannot but think of the persecuted Christians in the middle-east, people with debilitating and terminal illness, the elderly and the ‘anawim’ who have to endure untold misery for the sake of
their commitment to Christ.
When there seems little reason to trust, when our lives are on the line and unwelcome changes obliterate our sense of God’s presence, it is hard to trust alone.
But we are not alone.
The “cloud of witnesses”, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph, Mary, the martyrs of our own time who all had to take uncertain and even dangerous paths in order to further God’s purposes are with us in our Holy Week journey.
So it’s a time endure courageously any misfortune that come in our way with trust and hope for victory indeed is with Jesus and His victory is our victory.
What personal suffering do I have to bring to Calvary this Holy Week and what is that one thing that I need to let go to follow the path of Jesus?
JESUS REMEMBER ME...
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It’s Palm Sunday. Today we mark the solemn entry of Jesus to the city of Jerusalem riding on a colt with people bearing palm branches and singing Hosanna to the King.
The colt is Christopher or Christ bearer according to Fr. Robert Baron just like a disciple who will bear Christ to the world.
He goes on to say that “The humble donkey, pressed into service, is a model of discipleship.
Our purpose in life is not to draw attention to ourselves, to have a brilliant career, to aggrandize our egos; rather our purpose is to serve the Master's need, to cooperate, as he sees fit, with his work”.
The choice of Jesus to use a colt instead of a horse to make his entry is truly a sign of humility, an unassuming King on an assuming, simple, little animal.
Pope Francis today in his homily reminded that world: “This is God’s way, the way of humility. It is the way of Jesus; there is no other.
And there can be no humility without humiliation.” Pope called on the faithful to pay attention to the Christians who are persecuted around the world, the very people who are humiliated, tortured, murdered for bearing Christ to the world.
Pope Francis called them ‘the martyrs of our time, the cloud of witnesses’.
We need this Sunday to remember Christ’s ultimate journey, ultimate suffering, ultimate love and ultimate triumph.
The palms we carry should be a reminder and a challenge for all of us.
They remind us that we are called to be heralds of Christ – to celebrate him the way they did that day in Jerusalem.
And these palms challenge us to keep crying “Hosanna,” to keep proclaiming the Good News – even when the world tempts us to do otherwise, even when it seems like it would be easier to go with the crowd and simply choose Barabbas.
These palms challenge us to not turn our back and walk away.
They challenge us to not step over Christ, or ignore him.
And they challenge us not only to remember what we have done to him, but what he has done for us. And look to these palms.
Look at what we are called to do…and who we are called to be.