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And those who went before and those who followed cried out,
“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

(Mark 11: 9)

There is an air of expectancy and joy here. At last the promised deliverer has come. "He will be our King and will destroy our enemies," the people cry. "Has he not calmed the sea, raised the dead, healed the lepers, and restored sight to the blind?"


Victory is ours," they shout.


Soon their supposed new world is turned upside down. How quickly their enthusiasm subsides. "Who was this prophet who brought us hope of restored glory?" they complain.


I only know he loved and walked compassionately with the despised and rejected. Jesus challenged the powerful as he spoke of justice and peace for all ... men, women and children.


Today those who were his enemies have long been forgotten. Yet Jesus lives on in us who dare to follow his teachings.



  • How does this reflection challenge you as Holy Week begins?
  • Can you be with Jesus when life is difficult as when circumstances are smooth and uncomplicated?

— Joan White, PBVM


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