March 25, 2018 - Palm Sunday
Gospel: Mk 14:1-15:47
Sparks in the Darkness
Our Gospel reading is the whole passion of the Lord, the darkest hour of Jesus has come. Amidst this darkness, we can find many details of love: the woman who anointed him (14:3); the disciples who offer themselves to prepare the Passover (14:12); the man who allows Jesus to use the best room in his house (14:15); the helping hand of Simon of Cyrene (15:21); the soldier who proclaims his identity (15:21); the attentiveness of the women to where his body was being placed (15:47) . . .
These gestures of love shine like sparks amidst the dark background of Jesus’ pain and the hate of so many. It can be said of them what Jesus said of the woman who anointed him, “They have done what they could.”
Today Jesus is suffering again his passion in so many brothers and sisters around us. Let us do what we can to alleviate his suffering, for he himself told us, “What you did to them, you did to me.”