1991 March 24 – Palm Sunday (Bulletin Letters)
Cycle B – PALM SUNDAY
Is 50, 4-7
Phil 2, 6-11
Mk 14, 1-15,47
THE LORD GOD HAS GIVEN ME A WELL- TRAINED TONGUE, THAT I MIGHT KNOW HOW TO SPEAK TO THE WEARY A WORD THAT WILL ROUSE THEM. Is. 50/4:
This weeks Old Testament reading is the third of four Suffering Servant Songs found in the book of Isaiah. The ‘Suffering Servant’ was a mysterious figure who originally stood for the collective suffering Israel endured during the harsh years of captivity in Babylon. So painful and dramatic was this experience that the prophet Isaiah saw in his peoples suffering the redemptive spirit of God at work in the world. By the time of Jesus, these Suffering Servant Songs came to represent a future figure who, through his suffering would gain redemption for the whole world.
This weeks selection clearly points out the prophetic and political energy embodied in this hoped for Suffering Servant. The Suffering Servant of Isaiah will embrace the cause of the poor. He will give voice to their concerns. It is this direct identification with the poor and the voicing of their needs that brings the Suffering Servant into direct confrontation with the ‘powers that be’ .
Given the life and teachings of Jesus, its easy to see why the Gospel writers saw in the Suffering Servant of Isaiah an Old Testament description of our Lord.
There are many great and cosmic truths that we will be celebrating this week about our faith and our salvation in Jesus Christ. Yet for all of their spiritual and cosmic importance, we mustn’t lose sight of the prophetic and political nature of Jesus mission.
Why? Because Jesus’ mission is also the mission of the Church.
TAX DAY PROTEST: Last Sunday in Des Moines we had a follow up meeting for the folks who were planing the cancelled March 18th protest at the Military Processing Center in West Des Moines. We spent some time processing our feelings about the War and than talked about what we should be doing now. Many of us expressed the hope for a continued development and growth of a resistance community in Iowa. All of us felt that our direct non violent witness against war must continue. Brian Terrell from the Catholic Worker in Maloy suggested that we do something at the IRS offices in Des Moines on April 15th -Tax Day. I added my name to the list of people interested in participating in this action.
The War and its apparent outcome has convince me that such efforts are needed now more than ever. I will keep you posted as plans progress for this effort.