St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

In an episode of “This Old House”, 6 men struggled with much grunting and groaning to put into place a polished granite slab onto a kitchen island. Keep that image in mind.

In Matthew’s passion account, the evangelist mentions that a huge stone was rolled across the entrance of the tomb and that the guards set a seal to the stone. Mark‘s Gospel states the stone was very large, so much so the women who came to the tomb were wondering who would roll it away.

Jesus was truly dead, closed up in a tomb by a huge stone. The chief priests, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Romans, those who were not his disciples, and even those who believed in him thought it was the end of him.

The most central of all mysteries is the paschal mystery, the suffering, death, and resurrection. Christ is central to our life of faith, and central to his life is this mystery. Moreover, the paschal mystery is the secret to life, not only eternal life but the present life as well. Our happiness ultimately depends upon properly undergoing and understanding it.

The pattern was set by Jesus and his disciples: the suffering and death of Good Friday, the rising to new life on Easter, a period of 40 days during which he and the disciples adjusted to his new life and had to grieve what was to be no more, the Ascension which involved a letting go of the old and not clinging to what was, and Pentecost, the reception of the Spirit for the new life the disciples were already living.

Silent.

Jesus was silent from the moment he answered Pilate’s question: “Are you the king of the Jews?” with “You say so” to his one and only anguished cry on the cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Still, there was a lot of noise with accusations and with insults hurled against him, mocking him by misquoting his words.

And Jesus was silent --- even though the Lord God has given him a well-trained tongue.

Jesus was silent --- knowing that the Lord God was his help, knowing that he would not be put to shame.

When we are insulted, blamed for something we did not do, or verbally attacked, our first reaction is to defend ourselves.

Jesus was silent.

Palm/Passion Sunday, A17

Imagine, if you will, Jesus loudly saying, “Lazarus, come out” and hearing a voice from within the tomb softly saying, “No! I don’t think so.”[1] The crowd along with Jesus would have been astounded! Why on earth would a dead man offered a chance to come back to life not jump at the opportunity? I can picture Jesus’ saying: “What? Are you crazy?” and Lazarus responding: “I’ve been in here for 4 days already, and I’m getting used to it.

Do you know what a syllogism is?

A formula represents it: A=B, B=C, therefore A=C!

Let us apply it to today’s Gospel.

Blindness is a physical ailment, physical ailments are a result of sin[1], blindness therefore is a result of sin!

Who knew?

It was an ordinary day. She was going about her daily routine: Stoking the fir, making bread for breakfast, cleaning up, sweeping her dirt floor, and airing out the house. And now it was about noon and time to go the well and fill her jar with water to last until the next day.

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