FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
PALM SUNDAY April 14, 2019
WORD of the DAY
I did not refuse,
did not turn away
(Isaiah 50: 5)
How shall I live this Word?
Holy Week in many parts of the world is still a time that people, even non-believers, ‘notice’. Not only for the incipient spring and the bit of holidays that it introduces, but also for the climate, the traditions that it evokes. Even the most distracted people think about death and life. Death always weighs heavy. It is scary because in an unpredictable way, it pays attention to life and shows itself as the great enemy to avoid or fight against. Unjust death scandalizes, pains, and causes despair. This is why it makes us think of it, even if it is a thought that we all want to remove, to distance. Death must be avoided, fought.
The good news of Jesus, always disconcerting, touches also and above all this aspect. Isaiah had anticipated it in the poems of the Suffering Servant: not resisting, not withdrawing from it, appears to be the way to exalt life. Jesus will say “love not only those who love you, but also your enemies”. It is an elaborate way of saying not to fear death, not to resist it, not to stand back in front of what awaits us.
Loving His enemies He will face death, He will not offer resistance. In Holy Week it is clear that even in the benevolent signs Jesus already read the trace of death from which He could not withdraw. The hosanna of the entrance to Jerusalem, the kiss of Judas are emblematic. Words and gestures of friendship that lead to the death sentence.
Lord, life passes through death. Death does not define it, but frees it. Make us free!
THE VOICE OF Psalm 124: 7
We escaped with our lives like a bird
from the fowler’s snare;
the snare was broken,
and we escaped.
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Comment by Sr. Silvia Biglietti, FMA