This Lenten season, as in past years, the Missionary Sisters will be offering reflections on the gospels of the Sundays of Lent. For Palm Sunday, the reflection is offered by Sr. Eileen Currie, MSC.
REFLECTION for PALM SUNDAY
March 29, 2015
We begin Holy Week with Jesus approaching Jerusalem amidst many others going to celebrate the great liberation from slavery and oppression. But this is no ordinary year, among those going is the One who has raised the dead, restored sight to the blind, fed multitudes with small amounts of fish and bread, restored the lame, cast out demons, and ate with all sorts of the “wrong people.” This is one who has spoken “with a well-trained tongue to the weary, a word that will rouse them.”
But this King of Glory rides on a donkey, no chariot or stallion, no waving to the crowd, no raised clenched fist of vengeance. He seems caught up in what lies ahead, the moment of tremendous self-emptying. He will not turn back but continues proclaiming the Kingdom that is at hand. He will allow the rage of those in power to manipulate people to have him handed over to crucifixion. He responds not with power and privilege, “turns not his back…nor shield his face.” Rather, “for our sake he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave.”
This week invites us to consider our discipleship, our proclaiming Good News, our outreach to the suffering, marginalized and poor, our call to self-emptying on behalf of others. Shall we go with him?
Which way to Jerusalem?