Weekend Reflections for 4/12/19
Many of the Jews of Jesus’ day were waiting for and expecting a Messiah who would restore power and glory to their nation by driving out the Romans who were occupying their country. When he did not preach rebellion, many were disappointed and stopped following him. When Jesus performed his miracles of healing and deliverance from evil spirits, deeds of the Messiah, he often told the people not to tell anyone. In Mark’s gospel it is known as the Messianic Secret. When he is asked if he is the Messiah, he doesn’t answer. He did not come as a military leader but as the Prince of Peace, the Anointed of the Lord.
The people all knew the prophecy of Zechariah: “Behold, your king is coming to you, a just savior is he, humble and riding on a donkey.” (9:9) When Jesus rides into Jerusalem, he is proclaiming his true identity. The crowd recognizes him and greets him with palm branches and loud songs of joy and praise. Let us ask the Lord for the grace to recognize him as he comes into our presence every day in the person of our family and loved ones, friends and neighbors and even enemies, the poor and suffering. Let us not keep his deeds of love and reconciliation a secret but rather give witness to all who would see and hear.
Fr. Ralph Huse, S.J.