Please hold up in your prayers this morning David Starzyk. He will undergo his last chemotherapy treatment (lung cancer) this morning. It has been a hard fight not only with the cancer but with his insurance company. Pray that he has the strength to endure and have a long life enjoying his family and grandson – my grandson – Jerome III. God Bless you David (and Sally) – be strong.
Wow, each thing I read this morning was full of good things to contemplate. I’m trying to organize my thoughts and get them onto this blog in a manner that won’t take me hours to type, longer to retype (I always seem to have errors) and even longer for you to read. Here goes…
The little black book talks about the three groups that mock Jesus (while on the cross). First you have the passerby – those who really didn’t know Jesus but had heard about him. Second were the Chief Priests and Scribes who knew Jesus well and despised Him. They wouldn’t speak directly to Christ, but mocked Him “among themselves”. And lastly, in Marks account, you have the crucified criminals who also make fun of Him. This weekend I will hear the Passion of Christ and again, I will get mad at those who allowed this to happen to Jesus. But who should I get mad at…Christ was crucified to save not only the people of that time but for people of ALL time. My sins are just as responsible for Christ hanging on that cross as those who mocked Him were. Give that some thought these next few days as you prepare for the most holy week of the year. Palm Sunday is this weekend and the start of Holy Week. If you’ve never participated fully in the Triduum before – this is the best year to start. Clear your calendar next week and spend your week in Church – with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Spend it with a sinner like me and experience what true love, offered for all of us, is.
Today’s readings talk about Abram and God’s covenant in the first reading, how God never forgets His covenants (in the Psalm) and Christ revealing Himself as “I AM” – the same way God revealed Himself to Moses – in the Gospel. Those two words really ticked off the “Jews”, so much so that as they were grabbing for stones to throw at the Lord He was able to hide and leave the Temple area. Those two words were probably used by the Chief Priests and Scribes in mocking Christ while on the Cross. If He truly is “I AM”, why doesn’t He come down from His cross?
In The Eighth Station, Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem. The passage taken from Luke 23: 27-28 was cut short from what I remember praying growing up, so I looked up the rest of what Christs’ message was…
27 And following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were [a]mourning and lamenting Him. 28 But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’
When I read this (again and again) today, I thought how is Christ not for all times and for all ages with this message he gave the women of Jerusalem. That message – given 2,000 plus years ago, stings even to this day.
It is a lot to read and contemplate today – take some time to do it though. Just as God spoke to Abram in our first reading today, He speaks to us also – we just need to slow down long enough to listen.
As always, do something great for God today. God’s will, not mine, be done. Be not afraid. Jesus, I trust in You.