1) Just as the people were spreading their cloaks on the road of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, we need to spread our hearts on the ground for Jesus’ will and ways to be done. In my life it is easy to be prideful, want to be a little territorial, desire justice because of “my” rights, but that is not the way of Christ.
2) In Sundays Gospel Reading (the 2nd one) Jesus asks the chief priests and temple guards:“Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? Day after day I was with you in the temple area, and you did not seize me; but this is your hour, the time for the power of darkness.” Things haven’t changed much have they? Many of the things going on today apply. Society’s “hour” has come, “the time for the power of darkness” – all in the name of justice, equality, freedom and love.
3) Until this week after reading the Gospel for Monday of Holy Week – The healing of Lazarus, I had never remembered that the Jewish leaders also wanted to kill Lazarus because of his testimony of the miracle performed by Jesus and how it was drawing Jews to follow Christ. Here is the text from Jn. 12:
The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came,
not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus,
whom he had raised from the dead.
And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too,
because many of the Jews were turning away
and believing in Jesus because of him.
Lazarus gave testimony to the power of God in Christ Jesus and the chief priest were so outraged that they wanted to kill both Jesus and Lazarus. The power of darkness can be great. We as followers of Christ need to pray to respond with the power of the light – Christ, the light of the world.
Blessings to you, your family this holy week!