April 13th 2014
Text (Gospel Story) Matthew 21:1-11, 26:14-27
When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tethered, and a colt with her.
Untie them and bring them here to me. And if anyone should say anything to you, reply, ‘The Master has need of them.’” …The crowds preceding him kept crying out and saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.” After they had crucified him, they divided his garments by casting lots. The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus feared greatly when they saw the earthquake and all that was happening, and they said, “Truly, this was the Son of God!”
Sharing the Mission
From the high hosanna acclamation to the low of betrayal, denial and abandonment, this gospel takes us up and down to the brink of life itself. Like the disciples, we also know who Jesus is. Every Sunday we make our profession of faith: “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God…” This Palm Sunday we are invited to reflect on our own knowledge of who Jesus is and how well we confess him in our daily living. It is a daily choice to live the gospel’s requirement that we die to ourselves for the sake of others.
This is how we confess Jesus as the Son of God. This is how, rather than denial and abandonment, we come to stand at the cross with Jesus.
(Together) Lord, give us the generosity of martyrs, so that we can give:
(Together) To an enemy, forgiveness.
(Together) To an opponent, tolerance.
(Together) To our family, love and respect.
(Together) To all men and women, charity.
As a conference do you allow sufficient time to talk about your visits and works?
In quiet prayer this week, seek guidance and strength to serve your friends in need with continued compassion.