Everyone in the world knows that Christmas is coming. That's wonderful. Many, however, may not know very much about Christ. In the Church, we imagine ourselves not knowing, waiting for Christ. John the Baptist was waiting. When Jesus came to him for baptism, he recognised him as Messiah - Christ. A year or more later, however, John himself was held in prison, for speaking 'truth to power'. He asked Jesus for confirmation.
We have chosen Jesus, not the evil one. If we remember what we heard in the Gospel, Jesus does not reply to the devil with any of his own words, but rather the words of God, the words of scripture. Because, brothers and sisters, and let us be clear about this, we cannot dialogue with the devil, we cannot do this because he will always win. Only the power of God's word can overcome him. We have opted for Jesus and not for the devil; we want to follow in Jesus's footsteps, even though we know that this is not easy. We know what it means to be seduced by money, fame and power. For this reason, the Church gives us the gift of this Lenten season, invites us to conversion, offering but one certainty: he is waiting for us and wants to heal our hearts of all that tears us down. He is the God who has a name: Mercy.
Trust in God
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me and I in Him".
St. Francis De Sales
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
God has brought gladness and light to the world
through the Virgin Mary’s
delivery of her son.
Grant the prayer of all mothers to be
as they ask for the birth
of a healthy child.
May they safely deliver
a son or daughter
to be numbered among your family,
to serve you in all things,
and to gain eternal life.
PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD
Hanging from the wood of the cross, beside derision Jesus now confronts the last temptation: to come down from the Cross, to conquer evil by might and to show the face of a powerful and invincible God. Jesus, however, even here at the height of his annihilation, reveals the true face of God, which is mercy. He forgives those who are crucifying him, he opens the gates of paradise to the repentant thief and he touches the heart of the centurion. If the mystery of evil is unfathomable, then the reality of Love poured out through him is infinite, reaching even to the tomb and to hell. He takes upon himself all our pain that he may redeem it, bringing light to darkness, life to death, hatred to love.