01 April 2012

Choose wisely who you will be this week. . .

Palm Sunday (Year B)
Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP
St. Dominic Church, NOLA

The King has arrived in Jerusalem! We shouted his name. We sang “Hosanna, hosanna in the highest!” We waved our palm branches, welcoming him among us. Then, we read aloud his Jerusalem Story. He's anointed in the house of a leper. He's sold as a fugitive to his enemies by Judas. He celebrates the Passover feast with his friends. He gives us the bread of life and the chalice of salvation, his Body and Blood. He is abandoned by his friends in the Garden of Gethsemane. Denied three times by Peter and betrayed by Judas. He is tried by Pilate, convicted by the crowd, scourged by legionaries, herded to the Place of the Skull, and nailed to a cross. To die for us in our sins. The question of Holy Week, the challenge set for us is this: how far do you follow him? Are you the woman from Bethany? Peter? Judas? Pilate? Are you in the faceless crowd? A Roman solider? Or, are you Mary, his mother at the foot of the Cross? John, his beloved disciple? Are you the Good Thief? Who you choose to be this week determines who you will become Easter morning. Choose wisely, choose Wisdom!

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