Catholic Daily Message for the Feast of Saint Rupert of Salzburg (27 March 2015)
This weekend brings us to Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. This week, and Easter Sunday to which it leads, are the high point of our entire Church year because they present to us in our sacred liturgy and our prayer life the climax of the life, death, and resurrection of Our Divine Lord.
During this weekend, let us keep in our minds and hearts the fact that on the Saturday night before he died, Jesus was entertained by Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus in the village of Bethany, on the far side of the Mount of Olives. They wished to show their gratitude to him for having raised Lazarus from the dead a few days before. It was at that supper that Mary of Bethany poured a whole bottle of expensive perfume over the feet of Jesus. Judas, always interested in money, objected to “this waste” as he called it. But Our Lord defended Saint Mary and said that what she had done was done in preparation for his burial. He knew clearly that one week from that night, his dead body would be lying cold in the tomb from which he would rise just a few hours later.
Then, on the morning of the following Sunday, Our Lord entered the Holy City astride a donkey, the symbol of peace in Hebrew literature. He paused at the brow of the Mount of Olives to contemplate the beauty of the city and its temple, but wept over it because he knew that just about 40 years later, the Roman armies would totally destroy the city and the temple, leaving “not one stone upon another.” And when some children greeted him joyfully on his way into the city with cries of “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”, the Pharisees reprimanded Him for accepting this kind of welcome that suggested that he was the Christ. His answer was, “If these were to keep quiet, the very stones would cry out!” It was necessary that Jesus, the Messiah, be welcomed and acknowledged upon his entry into Jerusalem for HIS own great passover. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.