Scripture: Is 50:4-7
The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary
a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.
The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore."
As we celebrate Palm Sunday and we reads the Lords Passion, we look to the first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. This scripture is speaking about Christ, the Father gave him the words to speak. "I only speak what the Father has taught me" (Jn 8:29). Jesus went into the desert to pray, to listen for the word of the Father, ears ready to receive the message. He was beaten, scourged, buffeted and spat upon, yet he did not fight back. Though he died a disgraceful type death he was not disgraced, he was not put to shame like we would have been. He gave us a way home, "by his stripes we are healed" (Is 53:5), so that we could have eternal life. We are called my brothers and sisters to pick up our crosses and FOLLOW Jesus, recognizing that "The Lord God is my help".
Have a great Holy Week and this week especially may we pray for one another and for the unity of the whole world. God bless - Fr. Jordan Turano, OP - Molloy College
Saint of the Day: St. Basilla
A Roman martyr, traditionally betrothed to a pagan aristocrat, Pompeius. She became a Christian and refused to marry him, given the choice ultimately of becoming his bride or dying for the faith, Basilla faced martyrdom under Emperor Galerius.
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Palm Sunday by Evans Yegon.