Passion Sunday marks our entrance into the high feast of our faith, the great holy days and sacred time of our lives as Christians. As you contemplate the readings for today’s liturgies—and the liturgies throughout the week—you may want to ask the Holy Spirit for special grace to enter into the Easter mysteries and to help lead others to enter into them.
The Inner Word
God has written God’s law on our hearts. In a way, this message brings great comfort: The ways of God already dwell within.
By grace we have been saved by faith, Saint Paul declares. We do well to hear these words, especially when being a Christian can seem at times like such a struggle—to believe in God and in the church that is supposed to show and lead us to God; to understand our faith rightly and find the strength to live it out; to find something redeeming beyond the disappointments, losses, and destructiveness of the world.
Like last week, we read of keeping God’s Commandments—in particular, our obligations to God and others. How do the Commandments play a positive role in my life?
"Beloved sons” abound in this Sunday’s readings, and God is moving in big ways around them. In the end Abraham did not have to sacrifice his beloved son—though he was willing to—but either way it’s a harrowing story.
Lent marks the time of year the church seems most focused and intent on its identity and mission. Through renewed attention to prayer, repentance, and generosity, we seek once again to incorporate ourselves more closely into the ministry, Passion, and Resurrection of Christ.
The readings this Sunday present two religious responses to people who suffered leprosy. One way assumes the outward blemish is a sign of inner moral failure. It prescribes banishment and separation. Jesus’ way recognizes the sufferer’s inner longing and faith.
When Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, she got up and waited on the group. The spiritual dynamic here is that when we are healed, saved, brought from disease to wellness, our desire to serve is naturally activated.
Jesus spoke a new teaching, and he spoke with authority.
In his book, And Now I See: A Theology of Transformation, Father Robert Barron says, “Jesus nowhere in the gospels urges his followers to worship him, though he insistently calls them to follow him.” The readings this Sunday issue urgent challenges to make God’s will primary in our lives. This is not an intellectual exercise. It is a call to action.