Palm Sunday, March 25
“For you always have the poor with you and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish, but you will not always have me.” Mark 14:7
“With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me?” Psalm 118:6
“The Lord God helps me:Therefore I have not been disgraced; Therefore I have set my face like flint, and know that I shall not be put to shame.” Isaiah 50:7
Today we have all probably read or heard the Passion of our Lord according to Mark. We all know the story and the trials that Jesus will go through next week but perhaps we can focus a while on other readings which may be over-shadowed by the Passion.
Jesus tells his disciples at dinner in Bethany that the poor will always be with us. During the past few weeks we have gotten many requests to help the poor. Our food pantries have asked for donations, Episcopal Relief and Development would like help with their Early Childhood Development Program, Family Promise is always seeking volunteer help and United Thank Offering is encouraging us to save some change for their worthwhile programs.
Yes, the poor will always be with us and we must continue to remember them. Sometimes it seems overwhelming.
But then let us look at the other two verses cited above. We have the Lord on our side and we do not need to fear and become discouraged, All our efforts are finding favor with God our Father.
MARCH 25 / PALM SUNDAY