Reflection for March 25, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

From joy to hatred

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On Palm Sunday we hear the people's proclamation of Jesus as the Messiah deteriorate into calling for his death

by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

Imagine the excitement of welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem as the people waved palm branches and sang “Hosanna! (meaning  “save now”).  The crowds shouted out their belief that Jesus was “the one” who was coming to save them.  Their joy could not be contained.

Now imagine the change in tone as we listen to the proclamation of the Passion of the Lord.  “Hosanna” is replaced with “Crucify him”!  The crowds shouted their disbelief in Jesus as the Messiah.  Their hatred could not be contained.

As Jesus heard and felt the change from adoration and joy to anger and disbelief, he also underwent unbelievable physical, emotional and spiritual suffering.  Many of those who supported him as he entered Jerusalem suddenly deserted him.  Many of those who had followed him hid out of fear.  Imagine how he felt.

Reflection questions:
  1. What does the suffering and death of Jesus mean to you?
  2. Jesus’ journey to Calvary begins on Palm Sunday and continues through this most solemn week – Holy Week.  Will you journey with him?


2 Comment(s)

  • Mimi ariens: Friday, March 23, 2018

    ...after stoning Jesus and palm branches
    We see how even today we are fickle people

  • Randy Miller: Monday, March 26, 2018

    My answer to question 1: My salvation
    My answer to question 2: Yes