There is a theme going on in my head and heart on the Palm (Passion) Sunday.
“God’s way and God provides everything” – maybe too much quiet time today.
God works in a strange and mysterious way and He provides all I need.
I am grateful God is quick to forgive me all the time, especially through the sacramental life of the Church.
God’s way is not usually my ways. I had to practice. Starting with prayer and study, then by applying the principles I learned until my heart knows and there is a sense of urgency in doing things His way. And when I don’t I know I need to get back on track.
Sometimes it is in receiving mercy and love and forgiveness from others especially when I don’t deserve it that shows me God is bigger than hate. He always provides opportunities to say, “I am sorry”.
Sometimes the only way I know God’s mercy and love is to give it to someone, especially the one I may feel doesn’t deserve it. God already walked to Calvary for that person, not for me to judge. It took a long time but I have come to believe that God’s love and mercy is for everyone, so it is my duty to share it.
The great King of Glory went into Jerusalem, as I celebrated today… He went knowing He would be rejected and crucified and even His friends would deny knowing Him! Thank you for the will to want to forgive even when I don’t say it out loud. Thank you, Lord for the strength to say I am sorry when I do wrong. The only thing I need is to walk with Jesus! And the goal is to walk with Him doing it His way and not my ways.
As alway more time needed for reflection…
27 “But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
29 To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic.
30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.
33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same.
34 If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit [is] that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount.
35 But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
36 Be merciful, just as [also] your Father is merciful.
37 “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
38 Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”
39 And he told them a parable, “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit?
40 No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher.
41 Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.