Palm Sunday

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 27 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img FaithLifestyleLocalNews Palm Sunday by: – April 16, 2011 Share Photo credit: SilknetPalm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the citadel of Jewish religion, and the headquarters of his enemies. He goes there deliberately, though knows that more likely than not only trouble awaits. He’s also aware of the dictum or the axiom: it cannot be that prophets die anywhere but in Jerusalem. The entry thus includes inevitably a sense of foreboding. The passion doesn’t begin with his arrest. It begins more properly here.Three intersecting groups are involved in what follows. First, the crowd. The irony of the moment could hardly have been lost on Jesus. As he enters, he’s in one place and they in another. He gets a rousing reception, but before the week is over, the air will ring with a different shout. But Jesus had experienced the volatility of crowds before. His own townspeople wanted once to throw him from a cliff when his words challenged them; another crowd on another occasion wanted to take hold of him and make him king. That’s how crowds behave – corporate passion, corporate reversal.The second group are the authorities, the Romans first, and then the Jews.  As far as the Romans are concerned, the religious question, the burning issue for the Jewish leaders, is completely irrelevant. Rome was principally concerned about social order. Different groups could worship whomever or whatever they chose, as long as they didn’t imperil the conditions of civic peace. Even the hint of sedition (a rival to Caesar, being an obvious instance) would be brutally dealt with. Pilate will sanction the Jewish leaders’ call for execution for this reason, not for theirs.Finally, the Jewish leaders. They will condemn Jesus for blasphemy, but envy also has a lot to do with it. He’s a nobody from Nazareth, but he has a greater following than they, and he makes them look hollow. He has to go. It’s how envy operates. What I cannot have or cannot be, I will besmirch or bring low.Which brings us back to Jesus. He’s here because that’s where doing the will of the Father has led him; and it’s where he will remain until the end. He’s here, in other words, because he has always been faithful.Faithfulness is not a virtue that should be reserved only for spouses. We should all be faithful – to our loved ones, to our commitments, to our faith, to God.To be faithful is to keep faith, i.e. to be true to one’s word, whether explicit or implied. This means that we exhibit behavior and motivation in line with the nature of our commitment. I can be faithful to my gym practice, for instance, because looking good is important to me, or again because my doctor tells me that unless I exercise, my eating habits will kill me. Being faithful to such a commitment is hardly trivial, but it would not count, on the other hand, as plumbing the depths of faithfulness.Put faithfulness in another context, the context of another life, Nelson Mandela’s, say, or Mother Theresa’s, and at once you see something different. They were both faithful in a much more total and all-embracing sense, not only to themselves but to a vision that animated them.Faithfulness here does not mean being true to something pledged with trumpets and fanfare, but to a call in the deep recesses of your being. It means that you hand yourself over to that. Another word for it is self-surrender. That is why such persons give off the sense of something enshrined in them. What they give off is the animating ideal itself.You can say the very same thing about Jesus. His heart was always ruled by God. “I do always the things that please him,” he said on one occasion, or again, “My meat and drink is to do the will of his who sent me.” Meat and drink, in other words, my total sustenance. From quite early, we are told, he had this disposition. When his parents found him in the temple, the child they lost is not the young man they meet. Allowing for re-interpretation or embellishment after the Resurrection, what the episode establishes is that sense of self-disposal to God that would mark his entire life.So he is here in Jerusalem because faithfulness had led him here, and here, as the sequel showed, is where he will be vindicated, he and his way of life. That is the life to which we are all called, in our different individualities and vocations .Let us pray then as we begin this final week of the Lenten journey, for the grace to be true to our commitments, to our spouses, families, friends, and above all to the call we receive from God, that we may always strive to model our obedience and our lives on the example of Jesus Our Lord.Father Henry Charles Ph. dlast_img read more

Margaret Mary Health adds two family medicine providers in Franklin County

first_imgBrookville, In. — Margaret Mary Health has announced the addition of two new family medicine providers for Franklin County residents.Connersville resident, Dr. Guttman has been practicing medicine in Franklin County for more than 30 years, Dr. Pahren and Teresa Wuestefeld has been a nurse practitioner since May of 2017. Prior to that Wuestefeld worked as a nurse at Margaret Mary Health for 15 years.Residents are welcome to make appointments by calling 765-647-3547 or 765-647-5126. The Health Center of Brookville is located at 11137 U.S. 52 in Brookville.last_img

Senate President refutes media report on alleged N-Power job slots

first_imgRelatedPosts 2023: Lawan, Dangote, Kalu most preferred candidates — Foreign Intelligence Agencies Senate President charges Committee on Electoral Reforms Illegal miners are criminals undermining Nigeria’s sovereignty – Lawan The Office of the Senate President has denied media reports that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management had allocated N-Power recruitment slots to the Senate President and other lawmakers.Ola Awoniyi, the Special Adviser on Media to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, made the denial in a statement, in Abuja on Saturday. Awoniyi said: “The attention of the Office of the Senate President has been drawn to a publication on Sahara Reporters portal, purporting that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management allocated N-Power recruitment slots to the Senate President and other lawmakers.“We hereby advise members of the public to totally disregard the fake and malicious publication in its entirety, as regards the Senate President.“It should be noted that the fairy-tale only blandly and obliquely claimed that some lawmakers printed out application forms from the portal of the scheme, but failed to provide any evidence that this was to fill its speculated allocated slots.“We wish to stress that neither the Senate President, nor this office, has anything to do with the purported slots mischievously credited by the publication to the Senate President.“We urge the media to always strive to be factual in their reports and abide strictly by the ethics of their profession which require them to hear from all sides and objectively establish the facts, especially before publishing accusations capable of damaging the reputation of public officials.” Tags: AllegationsN-Power Job SlotsSenate President Ahmad Lawanlast_img read more

Kevin Durant free agency rumors: Nets considered ‘front-runners’ to land star

first_img“The Nets are gaining confidence that they can pull this off,” Windhorst said Friday on “The Jump” in reference to Brooklyn’s bid to create two max contract spots for Durant and Kyrie Irving to fill. “They’ve made three moves in the last week … they’re right there for a second (max) slot.”Kendrick Perkins, a former teammate of Durant’s when the two played for the Thunder, added to Windhorst’s report: “I think they’re the front-runner. I absolutely do. I think the Nets are the front-runner to land KD. … I’m not ruling out the Knicks, but I think the Nets are the front-runners and people are not giving them their (respect).” Related News Host Rachel Nichols pressed Perkins, asking if he learned that information directly from Durant. But he laughed it off and had a coy response: “Sources tell me that the Nets are the front-runner … we’ll leave it at that.”Windhorst added that others involved with the NBA also believe the Nets are front-runners.  Kevin Durant free agency rumors: Warriors considering delayed sign-and-trade option for star Durant can become an unrestricted free agent if he declines his $31.5 million option with the Warriors. The Knicks and Clippers have also been mentioned as teams interested in signing the forward in free agency, which begins June 30 at 6 p.m. ET.It had been speculated that Durant would decline his player option and leave the Warriors, but his long-term future became complicated when he ruptured his Achilles in the NBA Finals. He had surgery, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it’s likely he will miss all of next season as he recovers. As speculation continues around where Kevin Durant will sign in free agency, the Nets have moved up in the race. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Nets are growing confident they can convince Durant to sign with Brooklyn when free agency starts. last_img read more