April 13th, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Witnesses For All Time

“My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.”  Isaiah 50:6

One of the most haunting images from nonviolent protests during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States is the footage of demonstrators peacefully standing their ground and being pelted with garbage, water cannons and possibly worst of all, curses, name calling and hate filled words. The protesters witnessed to a dignity and a conviction that was rooted in their Christian tradition and that could not be easily forgotten or dismissed.

Jesus, the Suffering Servant described in this passage from Isaiah, modeled this refusal to respond in kind as he endured the beatings, taunts and insults of the crowd. With profound courage, Jesus showed a self-possession that could not be explained apart from his radical trust and unshaken belief in the mission and vision the Father entrusted to him.

Like Jesus and the crowd of witnesses who have followed him in every age, may we also see and act beyond the present moment.

Read: Matthew 21:1-11, Isaiah 50: 4-7, Psalm 22: 8-9, 17-20, 23-24, Philippians 2: 6-11, Matthew 26: 14-27, 66

 

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