Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion (2015)

Today’s Proclamation of the Passion was from the Gospel of Mark. This is the Gospel that often presents crowds of people pressing on Jesus to be healed[1].  Jesus heals many people in this Gospel, but he then he directs them, tell no one about this.  Jesus silences devils that call out from the possessed that they know who He is.  Why?  Why the secrecy?  Why does Mark present what scripture scholars would call, the Messianic Secret? The message behind the secret is that no one can understand the healings or the Messiah until they understand the cross. Jesus accepts the cross in obedience to the Father, opposite of Adam’s disobedience.  He accepts the cross to defeat the power of hatred and death through sacrificial love. When the centurion looked up and saw the love flowing from the man whose crucifixion he had supervised, he was the first to proclaim, Truly, this is the Son of God

My brother, my sister, it is only from the perspective of the cross, of sacrificial love, that we can understand the wonders of the Lord.  Viewed from the cross, there is no longer a secret as to who Jesus is.

Nor should who we are be a secret. We are Christians. We are called to love as Jesus loved.  We are called to sacrificial love.  The world needs to see us emptying ourselves in obedience to God.  The world needs to experience His Love flowing through us.

We wear crosses around our necks. This is more than jewelry. Nor do we wear crosses only to remind us of the event that took place on Golgotha two thousand years ago.  We wear crosses to remind us to proclaim with our lives that the Love of God is not a secret

[1] Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, March 29, 2015. At the Procession with Palms: Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16. Readings: Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24; Philippians 2:6-11. Mark 14:1-15:47

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.

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