Palm Sunday is this Sunday, March 25. Father Riley will lead our final Lenten class for this year at 9am in the Parish House. Following the class, we will all process into the church from the Parish House with our palm fronds. For the Good Friday service, March 30th, Father Riley will lead us through ‘Stations of the Cross’ beginning at 11:30am and follow with the Good Friday service. Please join us for these services in preparation for Easter (Sunday, April 1).
From the Forward Day by Day:
THURSDAY, March 22
Luke 21:16-19 You will be betrayed by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.
Luke 21 is one of the most difficult chapters in the New Testament to assimilate and hear. These are the days of vengeance, Jesus says. Some of you will need to flee, and others of you will die. Jesus is not pulling any punches. Some scholars cast these verses as purely symbolic language, and others maintain that the signs of the end times are presently upon us.
The Bible is what it is. Jesus’ words are what they are. The details are best left to God.
What comforts me in this difficult and strange chapter in the ministry of Jesus is the ending. Jesus, after a long day of teaching, walks up the Mount of Olives to sleep. We know the stones are his friends—no doubt the stars are as well. Closing his eyes under the blanket of night, he finds peace. May we come to know that same peace as well.
MOVING FORWARD: Watch the sunset tonight. Spend some time thanking God for the stars in the sky and the peace in your heart.