A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
June 30, 2020
“What do you want me to do for you?”
March 25, 2018
In my article this weekend I’d like to draw on the words of a Palm Sunday homily given by
Pope Benedict the Sixteenth a few years ago: “My dear brothers and sisters, Palm Sunday is the great doorway leading into Holy Week, the week when the Lord Jesus makes his way toward the culmination of his earthly existence. He goes up to Jerusalem in order to fulfill the scriptures and to be nailed to the Cross; the throne from which he will reign forever, drawing to himself humanity of every age and offering to all the gift of Redemption.”
As Jesus and the twelve set out towards Jerusalem, and as they were passing through Jericho they come upon a blind man named Bartimaeus who began to cry out to Jesus. Our merciful Lord responds by asking the blind man: “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus replies “Master, that I may see.” Jesus simply but succinctly says; “Go on your way, your faith has made you well.” Jesus offers us that same question today: “What do you want me to do for you?” And our response is essential to our happiness for we too must answer him saying: “Master, that I may see!” And as the words to that popular song says: “Open my eyes, Lord; I want to see Jesus…….”our eyes are opened and as we see that Jesus truly is the Messiah and that God really has visited His people, we cry out with praise and thanksgiving “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"
The Church in its wisdom has us reading and participating in the Passion of the Lord today at the beginning of Holy Week and again on Good Friday at the end of the holiest of all weeks.
We learn once again that we too must take up our cross daily and follow him. It is only through this hard lesson that we ourselves can come to the glory of the Resurrection. Let’s pray today that our Holy Week may indeed be a very holy week. Amen.
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!