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“The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David’, they became angry.” (Matthew 21: 14 and 15)
Why get angry when you see the enhancement of the people done by someone outside yourself? It is not important that you did it. It is important that it is done. More of us need to let go of self-importance and just be thankful that people are being helped.
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Eucharistic Readings for Palm Sunday: Year B
“Then he answered them, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” (Mark 15: 9 to 13)
In many ways we have not come so far. We still have certain people who can stir up the people into a fervor and rage about matters only important to themselves and their position in society. On the other hand, we, as a thinking populace, think more deeply about life and our personal voice in it. We still have a kind of chief priests in our community who try to lead us down roads that benefit them. But we also have a conscientious people who ponder what is truly right about any situation.
When our Lord Jesus was crucified, a centurion said, “Truly, this was God’s son,” (Mark 15:39). The only mistake in his words is, this IS God’s Son, not “was.” We need to realize that the eight people murdered in Atlanta, Georgia are God’s children; and the ten people murdered in Boulder, Colorado are God’s children. But more than that, the people who committed the sin are also God’s children just as the centurion himself is God’s child. Killing others, whether with mob rule or individual rage is wrong. Yes, we ought to protect ourselves. There are plenty of examples where God approves the defense of good people. Even Jesus approved having two swords, (the guns of that day – Luke 22:38). There is evil intent in our midst that we should guard against. But love and compassion must guide our actions. If not, we continue to crucify our Lord.
Let us live to love, more than we just love to live, listening to what the Spirit is saying to, and through, the saints of God, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John