Song du Jour

Song du Jour

Benedictine Thoughts, Teachings, and Prayers

Jesus’ Entry into the: World, Temple, Jerusalem, Upper Room, Garden, Calvary, Tomb, Eternal Life

March 25, 2013

 

In connecting last week’s BLOG with this week’s, we go through the last days of the month of March 2013 with Passion Week; the holiest week of the entire year. Many people have their minds dwelling on Easter clothes: what to wear? Easter candy: what do I put in the baskets this year? Easter food: what should I cook…do I have everything that I need for the dinner? There are some people who never go through Passion Week for they have already jumped ahead to Easter Sunday. The beauty of this week is going through it day by day with Jesus. It is so rich; the more we become closer to God, the more meaning God has for all of us.  

 

I would like to begin with the word: “ENTRY.” I love this word and the more you connect it with Jesus, the more understanding you have of his life and mission. For on Palm Sunday, it is about the mystery of the “ENTRY.” According to Gregory Collins, OSB, “it is a mystery of entry.”  Jesus entered the world through Mary’s womb; Jesus entered Jerusalem when he was presented in the Temple as a baby; he entered the Upper Room to institute the Last Supper; Jesus entered the Garden of Olives to contemplate with his Father about his fate…where he sweated, prayed, and surrendered himself to the guards; Jesus walked the Via Dolorosa entering Calvary for his crucifixion; Jesus entered the tomb where he would show the world that his life had not ended but was just beginning; and finally saying goodbye to Earth and hello to heaven in eternal life. If we frame our minds to the day-to-day process of Passion Week, we may enter into the sequential events which led to the culmination of his Father’s plan for his Son as well as for us. Collins states that, “all four Gospels record that Jesus rode on a donkey making a triumphant ‘entry’ into Jerusalem. The true King Christ enters into his own city just as when he was a child brought to the Temple. Also, the entry of the church where liturgically, we enter into its own season, the greatest days of the year devoted to the commemoration of Christ’s saving death and resurrection. The mystery of the triumphant entry reminds us of the fickleness of the heart where the crowd changes from singing hosannas to shouting, “Crucify Him!” The feast of Palm Sunday is the mystery of ‘ENTRY:’

 

~ entry of the true King

~ taking possession of his holy city

~ the entrance of the Lord into his holy place

~ his solemn entry to accomplish the paschal mystery of death and resurrection

~ recalls the triumphant entry of Christ into the Holy City

~ its ritual re-enactment and liturgical realization in the liturgy of the day.

 

After looking at the logistics of Christ’s entering, Jesus shows us that in our humanness, we are to become rooted within God’s very self, within the heart of the Trinity. Throughout Lent, we have been asked in the Gospels by God, the Father, and Jesus to change our hearts, to forgive from our hearts, and to love with our hearts. Jesus’ entry into demographic places was important so that God’s storyline could be fulfilled. But the one place which I have not mentioned yet is that “our hearts” is really the sanctuary where Christ wishes to enter so that once he occupies space in our chamber, he may begin to reign within us. The beauty and sensitivity of Jesus is that he does not make us do anything for he comes to us in all humility tapping on the door of our hearts, waiting for us to hear, to open the door, and to allow him to enter.

 

I had quoted from Joan Chittister’s book: For Everything A Season  last week where she said, “life comes out of nowhere.” This was one of those events a couple of days ago when on the Feast of St. Benedict, here at St. Gertrude’s Monastery, we lost our dear Sr. Jeannette Murray, OSB who dedicated her life to the Benedictine School by overseeing an educational institution for Exceptional Children. Her motto to her parents, friends, volunteers, and benefactors was, “If your challenge is too big, then your God is too small.”  Sr. Jeannette lived this motto because her dreams and visions were big. I told her many times that not many people live to see their visions become a reality, but she did. Whatever she touched turned to gold. Her intentions and motives were very simplistic in that she wanted the best for her children.

 

Sr. Jeannette will be remembered for her strong faith, her sense of humor, as well as for her belief in dignity for all. Sr. Jeannette made her own “entry” into eternal life saying goodbye to Earth and hello to heaven.

 

My Song du jour is: Hosanna to the Son of David

                                  O blest is HE,

                                  O blest is HE

                                  WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.

 

“That in all things god may be glorified”

 

Sr. Jo-El McLaughlin, OSB

 

 

 

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