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Posted on 04/14/2014 7:28:54 PM PDT by NYer
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Preceded by young people and clergy waving tall palm branches, Pope Francis began his Holy Week liturgies by encouraging people to ask themselves which personality in the Gospel accounts of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection they resemble most.
"Where is my heart? Which of these people do I resemble most?" Pope Francis asked April 13 as he celebrated the Palm Sunday Mass of the Lord's Passion.
Pope Francis holds palms at the start of Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 13. (CNS/Paul Haring)
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Well, we all most resemble Barabbas. After all Jesus died in OUR place when He died in Barabbas’ place. This is all the more obviously true when you realize Barabbas is a last name meaning “Son of the father” and that Barabbas’ first name a - according to early Egyptian Mss. - was Jesus.
Pilate, therefore, gave the crowd a choice between Jesus, Son of the Father and Jesus Son-of-the-father. One was the perfect God-man, free of all sin. The other was a robber and a murderer.
We all resemble Barabbas.
Half the time I feel like the guy who runs away naked when challenged in the Garden (Mark’s Gospel).
Characters of the Passion:
The welcoming crowd
Claudia, Pilate’s wife
The two thieves
Simon of Cyrene
The condemning crowd
Mary, the Mother of Christ
~By G. K. Chesterton
When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.
With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devils walking parody
On all four-footed things.
The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.
Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.
I read that gospel this morning. Considering how much was not written down in the gospels, I wondered about this individual and why Mark felt compelled to include him in his. Any thoughts?
Veronica is missing from that list.
Is this article accurately reporting his entire homily or is there a written text on the ‘net somewhere? I would like to read it. Thanks.
Nice interpretation from G. K. Chesterton. The question, though, is aimed at you ... which character do you resemble?
I knew I forgot someone.
My reason for posting Chesterton...I should aspire to be that Donkey, and fulfill to the very best of my ability whatever role(s) God has given me, regardless of how humble or insignificant I, and the world perceive them to be.
Palm Sunday Passion according to Matthew
Good Friday Passion according to John
Thank you. I am surprised at the brevity of this. I would like to see a fuller, more developed homily though.
Thank you for these readings. Blessings to you and yours.
I always thought it was Mark writing himself into the Gospel. I think he does it a fair bit. I think you have to look at him and his Gospel from the standpoint of what he was, an Evangelist. His little one act plays (I forget how to spell their name pericape I think) are meant for you to ask yourself about what you believe or how you would act and to eventually ask yourself who is this man that does miracles, casts out demons etc. He portrays the Apostles as misunderstanding so that we might understand - I think he writes himself in as the rich young ruler, and in another place and as the naked young man whose faith is exposed when he comes under tribulation (which happened to John Mark the son of Peter and disciple of Paul) - that’s a little pet theory of mine anyway. I love this Gospel it is pure genius!
Aragorn. Wait, what?