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Fr. Rudolf V. D' Souza OCD
Passion (Palm) Sunday
March 16, 2008 - Year: A
Mt 21:1-11; Is 50:4-7; Phil 2:6-11, Mt 26:14-27:66
Truly this man was God's Son
"The servant of the Lord said: 'The Lord God has given
me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to
sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he
wakens - wakens my ear to listen as those who are
The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not
rebellious, I did not turn backward.
I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to
those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.
The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been
disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and
I know that I shall not be put to shame." [Is. 50:4-7]
"Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard
equality with God as something to be exploited, but
emptied himself, taking the form of a salve, being born
in human likeness. And being found in human form, he
humbled himself and became obedient to the point of
death, even death on the cross.
Therefore God highly exalted him and gave him the name
that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under
the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." [Phil.
Congratulations dear Christians,
Congrats, you are well appreciated, well accepted, you
are sociable, you celebrate life, you run good
institutions, schools, colleges, you are good at
speaking good English, good at learning languages, but I
am just warning you, you are not people of deep
God-experience. One Hindu addressing Christians told
this on a Centenary Celebration day. “I say I love you,
but I am not convinced fully that you carry your cross.”
He ended his reflection.
On the wedding day, ordination day,
profession day, or jubilee day, all is fine. I love, I
sacrifice. But when the real cross comes, do I accept
Look at the life of Jesus, fully equipped
with humility and surrender to accept God’s will.
The son of man must suffer
The son of man came to give life and not
to take it
The son of man came to lay down his life
There is no greater love than laying down
ones life for friends.
I want Christ for working miracles. But I
am not ready to carry my daily cross. He worked
miracles, but he also strongly invited his disciples to
carry their daily cros.
We want Christ, but not his cross. We
want a cross, but not a crucifix.
event of Palm Sunday constitutes the one earthly triumph
of Jesus' life and ministry. The crowd was following him
because of the great miracle he had wrought in raising
Lazarus from the dead. The sisters from Bethany and
Lazarus were apparently well known. As the crowd grew in
numbers, Jesus sensed that the Father was asking him to
acquiesce to this acclamation. He sent ahead for a beast
of burden. For the first time, as far as we know, he
mounted. He was thus slightly above the crowd so that
all could see him. The people started pulling down
branches from the trees and throwing them in front of
him. Their enthusiasm became contagious. The whole city
was plunged into excitement. The crowd was waving palms,
singing and proclaiming him to be the son of David, the
king of Israel of times past and the father of the
Messiah. The words clearly implied a divine visitation.
That is why the Pharisees demanded, "Stop your disciples
from crying out. They are making you equal to God." He
replied, "If they are quiet, the stones will cry out."
All creation was bearing witness to the coming to final
term of the life of him who is the source of all that
thunderous shouts and applause of the immense crowd form
the background for Jesus' amazing entry into Jerusalem.
When he came to the brow of the Mount of Olives, the
procession stopped and Jesus wept over Jerusalem. He
wept because the city could not perceive the great
opportunity that it was about to lose. He was fully
aware that the authorities were plotting his death and
that the adulation he was receiving would soon turn to
condemnation. The superficial enthusiasm of the crowd
had a hollow ring.
Nothing could be worse public relations than to have the
celebrity of the moment burst into tears, especially
when you are trying to turn him into a king or a god.
Jesus wept because of, the deep tragedy that only he had
eyes to perceive. "Jerusalem" he sobbed, "if only you
had known the time of your visitation. Now it is too
late." Thus, the city that he loved so much was fated to
undergo total destruction. It did not know the time of
its divine visitation.
is the paradigm of humanity, the universal human being,
God's idea of human nature with its enormous
potentialities. According to the great hymn of Paul to
God's humility, the divine Person of the Word, source of
everything that exists, did not cling to his divine
dignity or prerogatives, but threw them all away. In God
there seems to be the need not to be God. In creating,
God, in a sense, dies, because he is no longer alone; he
is completely involved in the evolution of these
creatures whom he has made so lovable.
emptied himself of the divine power that could have
protected him and opened himself in total vulnerability
as he stretched out his arms on the cross to embrace all
human suffering. In the most real sense, we too are the
body of God; we too are a new humanity in which the Word
becomes flesh; we too can put ourselves in the service
of the divine Word. Then God is experiencing human life
through our senses, our emotions, and our thoughts. Each
of us can give the eternal Word a new way in which he
discovers his own infinite potentiality. Thus, God knows
himself in us and experiences the human condition in all
its ramifications. The Word lives in us, or more
exactly, lives us. We are incorporated into the new
creation that Christ has brought into the world by
becoming a human being. We leave behind the false self
and solidarity with Adam, which is solidarity in sin,
death, and human misery Jesus invites us to experience
his consciousness of the Father, the Abba of infinite
concern, the God who transcends both suffering and joy
and manifests equally in both.
on the donkey, waving aside the cheers of the crowd, is
riding to his death. This is his way of revealing the
heart of God once and for all in such a way that no one
can ever doubt God's infinite mercy The priest says over
the bread and wine, "This is my Body " The power of
those words extends to each of us as Christ awakens and
celebrates his great sacrifice in our own hearts saying,
"You are my body. You are my blood." You,
with all of humanity, are a manifestation in the flesh
of the new creation.
New book from Fr. Rudy :
Short review of the book: This book is an out come of a
serious exegetical study on the important words and
texts from the writings of St John of the Cross. The
study deals with a short life and writings of the mystic
and then does a complete study on GOD, MAN and WAYS to
EXPERIENCE GOD. The book is available at: St. Joseph
Church, Near Holy Cross Convent School, Mira Road East,
Thane Dt. Maharashtra State - 401 107, India. Books can
be ordered through email:
The cost of the book is Rs.
125/- pp.xviii + 234, The Title of the Book is: THE
DYNAMISM OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH - An Exegetical Study on
St. John of the Cross, author: Dr. Rudolf V. D' Souza,
OCD, MA. PhD.
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