St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

It has been said that the prophet’s call is to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable. Of course, one group will be overwhelmingly happy and the other - not so much.

the prophet jeremiah 1512It was understandable that Jeremiah didn’t want to be a prophet. He knew it was a difficult vocation. So when he called, he claimed that he was too young. God answered that he was called to be a prophet even in the womb. Can’t get any younger than that! Several times he complained to God about his lot, even to wishing he had never been born, calling down a curse on the man who announced to his father that he had a son. Apparently he abandoned his calling for a time but God was insistent. He also had to watch as one of the kings read his words and then burn them page by page, the ultimate insult. He was thrown into a cistern and left to die but was eventually rescued. He foretold the Exile and then encouraged the people in exile to settle down and have families because he would be a long time before they would return to Judah. Finally when Babylon was intent upon destroying Jerusalem, the people forced Jeremiah to flee with them to Egypt whereupon, as rumor has it, they killed him.

With over a billion members in the Catholic Church plus who knows how many in other Christian denominations, it’s hard to believe that those who 1st accepted the Good News of Jesus were thought to be outsiders and therefore a threat in some way.

Today’s Gospel reading comes from the John’s account of the Last Supper. Judas had just left the table companionship to begin the process that would lead to Jesus arrest. Jesus had just said that Peter would deny him three times. But Jesus counsels them not to let their hearts be troubled because he is going to the Father to prepare places for them.

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

 

Faith Formation Registration ~ 2018-2019

Faith Formation Classes, Grades 1-9 ~ Please register before May 31 (to avoid a late fee)

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