LENT 2014: Reflection for Palm/Passion Sunday, April 13

For your personal reflection for Palm Sunday, reblogged from Pax Christi USA


by Tom Cordaro
Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace

Mt 21:1-11 | Is 50:4-7 | Phil 2:6-11 | Mt 26:14—27:66 or 27:11-54

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  (Matthew 27:46)

Christ praying in the Garden of Gethsemane

Last Sunday’s reflection focused on the challenge of living every day without fear in the hope of the resurrection. Today’s passion reading reminds us that the call to practice resurrection is not some Pollyanna-ish walk in the park. The gospel clearly shows us that those who follow Jesus, who live like him and love like him, will most likely get nailed like him.

The daily practice of resurrection does not exempt us from the pain and suffering of this mortal life. For Jesus, this truth was spelled out in our second reading, “he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). And in the description of the faithful servant in…

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