Fickle Faith

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 03/20/2016

in Lent

Palm Sunday — Cycle B

March 20, 2016 (This poem was originally posted on April  1, 2012)

Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy

branches that they had cut from the fields…crying out: “Hosanna!”(Mark 11:8-9b)

Fickle Faith

Friend or foe? Who goes there?
“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11: 9b)

Friend or foe? Who goes there?
“Crucify him.” “Why? What evil has he done?”
“They only shouted the louder, ‘Crucify him.’” (Mark 15:14b)

We follow the crowd to become fickle friends.
We carry a fickle faith in our hearts.

Like Peter we confess that Jesus is the Son of God;
only like him, we deny we ever knew him by our
words or actions or our in-actions.

Like Judas we are faithful disciples until
like him with greed in our hearts,
like him we betray Jesus with a kiss.

Would that the veil of the sanctuary in our souls were torn
in two: Fickelness/Fidelity,
and fickleness be destroyed.

Then, armed with the fidelity of our faith,
no more would we teeter-totter with the crowd,
but loudly we would profess long after we have
waved our palms:
“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11: 9b)

 

For Reflection and Sharing:

1)       Both Peter and Judas betray Christ in today’s Gospel, but their lives go in different directions afterwards. Why do you think that happened?

2)       As you read/hear the Passion again this year, is there any insight that has special meaning for you?

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