Weekend Reflections for 3/22/18
"He humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death." These words encapsulate the entire meaning of Palm Sunday. Even what might look like temporary triumph for Jesus is girded with a heavy dose of humility. It is not enough for Jesus to ride in on a simple ass, an animal smaller and less regal than a horse; he comes on the foal of an ass. Likely he would have looked awkward, with his feet almost touching the ground.
In Sunday's Gospel of the Passion according to Mark, Jesus humbly gives his own flesh for his disciples to eat, another awkward experience for him, all done in obedience to the Father. In Gethsemane, we witness more humility...he falls to the ground in great anguish surrendering his will to the Father: "...not what I will but what you will." Jesus lets himself be apprehended by dark forces, falsely accused before Pilate, scourged, stripped, and crucified.
"Behold the man!" Indeed, behold the humble one...whose humility points directly to the Father. This was his purpose in life, to bring glory to his Father. It is our purpose also, to praise, reverence and serve God, says St. Ignatius. The service of God is effectively done only in humility, pointing always beyond ourselves, imitating our Master.
Fr. Anthony Wieck, S.J.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY
MEN'S WEEKDAY RETREAT WITH SPACE:
CO-ED RETREAT WITH SPACE:
April 23-26 with Fr. Joe Tetlow, S.J.