Sunday, March 20, 2016


“Blessed is the king who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven
and glory in the highest.”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him,
“Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”
He said in reply,
“I tell you, if they keep silent,
the stones will cry out!”
(Jesus didn't seem to believe it was better to stay silent)

It's Palm Sunday so I'm not going to rant. 
I'm simply going to say, if we continue to "dumb down" our faith..."I know they're chewing gum on the way to Communion but at least they're here", "I know he texted through most of Mass, including Communion, at least he was here," "I know we sit during the reading of the Passion when we should be standing to show reverence, but there are a few people in the congregation who can't stand the whole time so we can't make them feel badly," we can't expect that respect for the Eucharist, the Mass or the clergy will grow or, frankly, maintain. Bear wrongs patiently is a work of mercy but so are instruct the ignorant and admonish the sinner. 

For a less judgmental reflection of today's liturgy, go see Bishop Barron, he's got some excellent thoughts on this Palm Sunday.

Happy start of Holy Week! We are blessed.

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