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Passion (Palm) Sunday – Year B – March 25, 2018

Jesus, a Man, not a Superman

 

There are videos by Fr. Fernando Armellini with English subtitles
commenting on today’s Gospel readings:
https://youtu.be/WkWmhcMfuzI (Mark 11:1-11 – Entering Jerusalem)
https://youtu.be/Lk8tt6-F_MA (Mark 14:1—15:47 – Passion of Jesus)

 Screenshot-2018-3-20 (5) Passion Sunday Voice Over - Year B - YouTube

 

More material for reflection during the Holy Week:

 

JUEVES SANTO – HOLY THURSDAY:

Subtítulos – Subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX2M1hdKC9M

Voice Over English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbzD_HZJktI

Doblado Español: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hiy2o_HH21M

 

VIERNES SANTO – GOOD FRIDAY:

Subtítulos – Subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JldpzY5k-Bo

Voice Over English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfmSDfepIfY

Doblado Español: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hiy2o_HH21M

 

 

Introduction

 

The cross was the most cruel and horrible instrument of punishments. It was the capital punishment reserved for bandits, rebellious slaves, the marginalized of society, those guilty of heinous crimes. Cicero, the Roman orator and writer, who lived in the first century B.C., speaks of it as “a penalty the name of which should be removed, not only from the person of Roman citizenship, but also from their thoughts, eyes and ears.”

 

To profess oneself as a follower of the crucified? A madness! A shame, a choice contrary to common sense. To the Corinthians, Paul writes: “The Jews ask miracles and the Greeks for a higher knowledge, while we proclaim a crucified Messiah. For the Jews, what a great scandal! And for the Greeks, what nonsense!” (1 Cor 1:22-23).

 

From the beginning of their history, Christians have chosen the symbols of their faith. On the tombs we still find the fish, the fisherman, the shepherd, but not the cross. For a long time they have shown, so to say, a certain reluctance to recognize themselves in the cross. Only in the fourth century A.D., it became the symbol par excellence and production of crosses with the most precious metals and embedded with pearls began. During the Holy Week, this symbol will be offered for our contemplation.

 

To venerate the cross does not mean bowing down in front of a material object, not even to linger on the sorrowful aspect of the passion of Jesus. The cross indicates a choice of life, the gift of self. To contemplate it means to take it as a reference point for any decision.

 

To internalize the message, we repeat:
I will follow you wherever you go”—the bride tells the beloved.

 

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Easter Sunday – April 1, 2018 – Year B

Witness is one who “saw” the Lord

 

There are videos by Fr. Fernando Armellini with English subtitles
commenting on the Gospel readings for:
https://youtu.be/LDRmqc1pw7c (Easter Vigil)
https://youtu.be/smFaDriS0u8 (Easter Sunday)

 

 

Introduction

 

The words with which John begins his letter are moving: “What we have heard and have seen with our own eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, I mean the Word who is Life…we are telling you of it” (1 Jn 1:1-3). His is an enviable experience, but unrepeatable. However, to become “witnesses” of Christ, it is not necessary to have walked with Jesus of Nazareth on the roads of Palestine.

 

Paul—who also did not know Jesus personally—is constituted a witness of the things he saw (Acts 26:16) and receives this task from the Lord: “As you have born witness to me here in Jerusalem, so must you do in Rome” (Acts 23:11).

 

To be a witness, it’s enough to have seen the Lord really alive, beyond death.

 

Witnessing is not to give good example. This is certainly useful, but the testimony is something else. This can only be given by one who passed from death to life; one who can confirm that his existence is changed and acquired meaning when it was illuminated by the light of Easter; one who has made the experience that faith in Christ gives meaning to the joys and sorrows and illuminates the joyful and sad moments.

 

Let’s ask ourselves: is Christ’s resurrection a constant point of reference in all the projects we do, when we buy, sell, dialogue, divide an inheritance, choose to have another child… or do we believe that the reality of this world have nothing to do with Easter?

 

Anyone who has seen the Lord will do nothing more without him.

 

To internalize the message, we repeat:
If our heart open itself to the understanding of the Scriptures, we will see the Lord.”

 

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