Friday, June 1, 2018
Today, in Mercy, Mark’s Gospel paints a picture of Jesus in a whirlwind of emotions. He has come to Jerusalem well aware of the pharisaical negativity stalking him. Yet, recently – on Palm Sunday – the crowds had gathered around Him in what later would prove to be a fickle adulation.
After an overnight in Bethany, He returns to Jerusalem disgruntled, cursing a fig tree for its barrenness. He casts the money-changers from the Temple, tossing the tables over in an angry display. This side of Jesus must have made the disciples uneasy and afraid. They too begin to realize that the forces of evil and death are closing in on Jesus.
What lesson can we learn for our lives when dark times begin to overwhelm us? Jesus gives us the answer late in the reading:
~ Have faith in God.
~ Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it.
~ Forgive, so that you may be forgiven.
It is a formula we will see Jesus practice in His own Passion and Death. Like all true leaders, He practices what He preaches. He is teaching his followers – us – how to live in our dark times.
Music: The Lord is Near ~ The Dameans