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

Community Weight Loss Competition ‘Thinner Winner’ Returns

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena is on a mission to lose 1,000 pounds! The 9th annual ‘Thinner Winner’ competition returns. Working in teams of 4 to 6 people and cetified coach, the teams will compete for 5 weeks to win a grand weight loss prize at the end of the competition.Bay Athletic Club’s, Sarah Morrison has the good details for this week’s Fitness Friday.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local Girl Scouts Create a ‘Metal Tree’ FundraiserNext Fitness Friday: Is Sitting Too Long Causing Your Health Issues?last_img

LA Lakers’ young core have varying experiences adjusting to NBA schedule

first_imgThe humble pie that D’Angelo Russell ate this season included a few slices. Lakers coach Byron Scott yanked his starting spot 20 games into the season and remained publicly critical of his progress. Kobe Bryant challenged Russell, including calling him out in a post-game speech to the team. Russell also entered his rookie season unaware of how the NBA’s schedule works. “When you’re in high school and college, you got weekends off,” Russell recalled recently. “When I first came in, I was like ‘Do we get Saturday and Sundays off?’ Everyone laughed at me.” The Lakers usually practice on Saturday and play games on Sunday. Hence, Russell’s recent progression before Tuesday’s game against Orlando at Staples Center went beyond establishing consistency with his starting role. Yet, both Lakers second-year forward Julius Randle and second-year guard Jordan Clarkson dismissed the NBA schedule affecting their play. “The season is still the same time,” Randle said. “It’s just the amount of games. We’d rather play games than practice anyway.” Meanwhile, Scott said that Clarkson’s “never out of shape” after routinely beating teammates in conditioning drills. “It’s kind of easier. I don’t have to wake up for class,” said Clarkson, who has reduced his pre-game workout. “I love what I do. It’s definitely refreshing waking up and coming to work every day.” Pointed wordsAs the Lakers appeared to be headed toward an upset win on Sunday over Golden State, Bryant offered pointed words to his teammates.“Beat the (bleep) out of them,” Bryant said, which a fan captured on a cell phone and posted online. Scott said he’s “not surprised” about Bryant’s words considering he has an “80’s mentality.”“I’m looking at the clock thinking the same thing,” Scott said. “You got your foot on their neck. You don’t let it up.” Injury updateScott said that guard Lou Williams could return for Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks at Staples Center after staying sidelined for the past week with a strained left hamstring. But Williams’ return could hinge on if he can complete at least one practice without any setbacks. Scott conceded Williams’ return will result in fewer minutes for Russell and Marcelo Huertas, but Scott has not yet determined specifics. After playing 35 games in his lone season at Ohio State, Russell has experienced adjustments with a schedule that puts higher emphasis on travel and games and than on practice time and recovery. “It’s tough. I don’t really have a routine,” said Russell, who said he has recently taken pre-game naps. “When you get through that one season, you’ll know what to expect next season.”Scott expects that variable accounting for some of the inconsistency attached to his inexperienced roster.“They’ve adjusted OK,” Scott said. “But I think it has been an adjustment.”Scott reported sharing with his players his pre-game routine during his 14-year NBA career. After morning shoot-around, he watched “Young and the Restless” and “All My Children” while avoiding phone calls. Scott then ate lunch, showered and took a two-hour nap before the game. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL – DONEGAL TOWN COMMUNITY BAND CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS

first_imgThere was a joyous homecoming last night in Donegal Town for the all conquering Donegal Town Community Band who made it three-in-a-row at Fleadh Ceoil in Sligo.Brendan McMonagle, Mentor and Manager of the Donegal Town Community Band told Donegal Daily this win was “the sweetest of them all” as he addressed the homecoming crowd on the Diamond, Donegal Town yesterday evening.Just a few hours earlier the band won their third All Ireland Junior Band title in-a-row at the Fleadh Ceoil in Sligo. McGonagle thanked the band members, their parents and dedicated backroom team, he added, “The band trained every Tuesday all year but this week they trained 4 days for a total of 12 hrs to perfect their routine.Mayor Patricia Callaghan also congratulated the band and said they were a credit to the town and their families.Councillor Tom Conaghan, (a former All Ireland U21 manager himself) acknowledged the huge effort it takes to win one much less three All Irelands.One of the founding members of the reformed band Pauric Kennedy had the memory of his late father Peter’s in mind when he said, “Dad founded the original band and he would be so proud to see the success this band has achieved here today bringing three national titles home to a small town like Donegal. Liam Conneely, the band’s bus driver was singled out for special mention,”For his care and courtesy way and beyond the call of durty.Ernan McGettigan was his usual competent MC and Jonathan Kennedy organised the Reception lorry and PA, with one hand literally (he broke his arm last week!)PICTURE SPECIAL – DONEGAL TOWN COMMUNITY BAND CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS was last modified: August 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelandDonegal TownFeaturesFleadh Ceoilnewssligolast_img read more