Palm Sunday 2012

Just a few words, 'cause the reading of the Passion o the Lord speaks for itself.

I am sure you all remember very well: a man with leprosy comes before Jesus and is healed. Jesus tells him: see that you say nothing to anyone about this[1]

A deaf man comes to the Lord, and Jesus says Ephphathat, be opened, and the man hears, then Jesus tells him to say nothing to anyone[2].

A blind man has his sight returned, and, similarly, Jesus says to him, keep this quiet--don't even enter the villages.

Finally, Jesus dies on the Cross and a pagan, a Roman centurion now makes the announcement: surely this is the Son of God[3].

So, to really understand who Jesus is, we have to stand under the Cross, [I mean] to recognize how much God loves us, we have to realize the extent of his suffering for us. To realize that we are his followers, we have to join Him on the Cross. This is the invitation for this week, the most important week in the year: Holy Week.

And you know, love gives joy, but this joy can result in pain. Love means giving, but this gift can result in suffering as we say no to our own desires for the sake of the one whom we love. Love gives life. The Lord loves us so much that we receive his life…

So, as we begin this Holy Week, my brother, my sister, let us pray together that we might have the courage to follow Christ in embracing our own crosses. 

May we make real the cross of Christ in the world by giving ourselves to others in love ■

[1] Cfr Mk 1: 41 – 45; Mt 8: 1 – 4; Lk 5: 12 - 16. 
[2] Cfr Mk 7:31-37
[3] Cfr Mt 8:5-13

Y entonces uno se queda con la Iglesia, que me ofrece lo único que debe ofrecerme la Iglesia: el conocimiento de que ya estamos salvados –porque esa es la primera misión de la Iglesia, el anunciar la salvación gracias a Jesucristo- y el camino para alcanzar la alegría, pero sin exclusividades de buen pastor, a través de esa maravilla que es la confesión y los sacramentos. La Iglesia, sin partecitas.

laus deo virginique matris