Posted by: fvbcdm | April 2, 2012

Feast of Saint Francis of Paola (2 April 2012)

This past Sunday was Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week.  We saw over the weekend that Our Lord went to a dinner on Saturday evening given by his friends, Martha, Mary, and Lazarus at Bethany, on the far side of the Mount of Olives.  Then, on Sunday morning, he borrowed a donkey from an acquaintance of his and, mounted on it, he entered the city of Jerusalem.

The people of Jerusalem, beginning their work week after the quiet of the Sabbath, gave him a sort of hero’s welcome.  They spread branches in the street and some even laid their garments down so that he could pass over them.  But we must remember that despite the hero’s welcome, Our Lord came modestly and humbly, riding on a donkey, which was the animal of the simple people as distinct from the horse or camel, ridden by the military and the wealthy.  The enthusiastic crowds, having seen or heard about Our Lord’s miracles and preaching, shouted, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”  This annoyed his enemies who begrudged him any acclaim, any praise.  They said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”  And he replied, “If they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!”  An eloquent indication of how necessary it was that someone or something should acclaim Our Lord as he entered Jerusalem in preparation for his redemptive sufferings and death.

As we begin this Holy Week, let us bring our holy season of Lent to a fitting close by proclaiming, either aloud in our liturgical prayers in church, or in the privacy of our own hearts and homes, “blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!,” and welcome this man of peace on his donkey, this man of sufferings with his bleeding body and thorn-crowned head, carrying his cross to Calvary, and this Divine Victim dying on that cross for our redemption.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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