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Sunday Devotional: Palm Sunday

Mark 11:1-4, 7-10

When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem,
to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives,
he sent two of his disciples and said to them,
“Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately on entering it,
you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.
Untie it and bring it here.
If anyone should say to you,
‘Why are you doing this?’ reply,
‘The Master has need of it
and will send it back here at once.’”
So they went off
and found a colt tethered at a gate outside on the street,
and they untied it….
So they brought the colt to Jesus
and put their cloaks over it.
And he sat on it.
Many people spread their cloaks on the road,
and others spread leafy branches
that they had cut from the fields.
Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out:
“Hosanna!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! …
Hosanna in the highest!”

Palm SundayToday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of the holiest week in Christianity.

To borrow the words of FOTM’s friend, Martha Trowbridge, it is “the week that changed the world” — the week in which the Son of God willingly sacrificed Himself — was tortured, nailed to a cross and left to die — for our redemption.

If you go to Mass today, you would receive a long piece of palm leaf. This video gives very easy-to-follow instructions on how you can make a cross from your palm!

May the Peace and Love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

~Eowyn

About the wisdom of forgiveness

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.


Consider the gentleness of Jesus

Are you insignificant, weak, easily crushed? Could a puff of wind put your lights out, bring you to an end? Jesus will pick you up and hold you safely in the palm of His hand.

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“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will bring justice to the nations.

He will not shout or cry out,
or raise his voice in the streets.

A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.

In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

– Isaiah 42:1-4

Is your light about to be put out? Turn to Jesus.

Is your light about to be snuffed out? Turn to Jesus.

Come to Jesus

restAre you tired of all the bad news every day?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

– Jesus Christ
Matthew 11:28-30 


Can you imagine seeing Jesus?

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Image in the shroud of Turin (the birth of photography? )

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St. Stephen sees JESUS standing on the right hand of the Father

What would you do?

I’ve often thought I’ll say this or that, but who knows? I might fall down completely undone by the wonder and glory of His presence.


Imagine

 

Jesus associated with sinners!

The calling of Matthew, by Caravaggio

The calling of Matthew, by Caravaggio

The Calling of Matthew

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

– Matthew 9:9-13


The artist who painted the picture above, Caravaggio, would have deeply understood the meaning of the scene. Caravaggio was hot headed and notorious for getting into fights. His sexuality was also in question (note the fact he had very few attractive women in his art, but a lot of girlish looking boys). None of us can draw any conclusions about the artist’s relationship to God, but we can see he was moved by the Lord’s statement,  “‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

Associating with notoriously wicked people often indicates a person’s wrong intentions. But it can also mean that person is going where God has sent them and sewing the seeds of redemption.

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven

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Blessed is the one 
whose transgressions are forgiven, 
whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the one 
whose sin the Lord does not count against them 
and in whose spirit is no deceit.

When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away 
through my groaning all day long.

For day and night 
your hand was heavy on me; 
my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. 

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.

You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.

Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.

Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!
– Psalm 132


hands_to_doubting_thomas“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
– Matthew 11:28