Palm Sunday. Apr. 17, 2011
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
Gospel: Matt. 26:14 – 27:66 Betrayal of Judas, and Peter”s denial
(Sorry, no audio)
(Full text of homily) Listening to this gospel passage evokes so many feelings and emotions in us. Certainly, it should bring us to feel certain sadness. Something horrible happened that day. God’s own son was sacrificed for our salvation. Of course, we know that great good came from this offering of Jesus on the Cross. Yet, we can’t help but realize that so many reacted very badly to the drama of that first Holy Week. They left Jesus utterly alone to bear his cross. What do we do when evil threatens? We would all like to think like Peter, that we would be willing to die for the truth, but would we?
Fr. Joseph is the vocation director of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, founded to redeem Christians whose faith is in danger. The Order”s student house in the U.S. is in Philadelphia.
Is God calling you to a life of consecrated service? Become a Mercedarian friar. Visit Fr. Joseph Eddy’s Facebook page, or the website of the .
It is not as if evil has not threatened the human race. Most recently we can’t forget the great evil of Nazi Germany and the holocaust that came from it. Often people think why didn’t somebody do something? We have a Pope now who was a young boy when Germany was overcome with by an evil rule. His parents were among those who resisted the Nazi movement. His father moved the family several times to avoid the sweeping current of evil. The pope recalls that, “My own years as a teenager were marred by a sinister regime that thought it had all the answers; its influence grew – infiltrating schools and civic bodies, as well as politics and even religion – before it was fully recognized for the monster it was. It banished God and thus became impervious to anything true and good.” (April 19, 2008) Continue Reading…