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This Holy Week - Who am I in the Story?

by Cyndi Marlow (writer), , April 15, 2014

Credit: Cyndi Marlow
Collage of images from the Passion Story of Jesus

This Holy Week we need to ask ourselves that one question. Who am I today in the story of His Passion?

The below is taken from the text of Pope Francis' Palm Sunday message:

"We might well ask ourselves just one question: Who am I? Who am I, before my Lord? Who am I, before Jesus who enters Jerusalem amid the enthusiasm of the crowd? Am I ready to express my joy, to praise him? Or do I stand back? Who am I, before the suffering Jesus?

We have just heard many, many names. The group of leaders, some priests, the Pharisees, the teachers of the law, who had decided to kill Jesus. They were waiting for the chance to arrest him. Am I like one of them?

We have also heard another name: Judas. Thirty pieces of silver. Am I like Judas? We have heard other names too: the disciples who understand nothing, who fell asleep while the Lord was suffering. Has my life fallen asleep? Or am I like the disciples, who did not realize what it was to betray Jesus? Or like that other disciple, who wanted to settle everything with a sword? Am I like them? Am I like Judas, who feigns loved and then kisses the Master in order to hand him over, to betray him? Am I a traitor? Am I like those people in power who hastily summon a tribunal and seek false witnesses: am I like them? And when I do these things, if I do them, do I think that in this way I am saving the people?

Am I like Pilate? When I see that the situation is difficult, do I wash my hands and dodge my responsibility, allowing people to be condemned – or condemning them myself?

Am I like that crowd which was not sure whether they were at a religious meeting, a trial or a circus, and then chose Barabbas? For them it was all the same: it was more entertaining to humiliate Jesus.

Am I like the soldiers who strike the Lord, spit on him, insult him, who find entertainment in humiliating him?

Am I like the Cyrenean, who was returning from work, weary, yet was good enough to help the Lord carry his cross?

Am I like those who walked by the cross and mocked Jesus: "He was so courageous! Let him come down from the cross and then we will believe in him!" Mocking Jesus….

Am I like those fearless women, and like the mother of Jesus, who were there, and who suffered in silence?

Am I like Joseph, the hidden disciple, who lovingly carries the body of Jesus to give it burial?

Am I like the two Marys, who remained at the Tomb, weeping and praying?

Am I like those leaders who went the next day to Pilate and said, "Look, this man said that he was going to rise again? We cannot let another fraud take place!", and who block life, who block the tomb, in order to maintain doctrine, lest life come forth?

Where is my heart? Which of these persons am I like? May this question remain with us throughout the entire week."

~Pope Francis


This week, Holy Week, more than any other week in our liturgical year we are challenged to ponder the question - Who am I like in the story?
For me it is all of the above

at times I am like Judas...
at times I am like Peter...
at times I am like the guards who mock him..
at times I am the like the women who mourn him...

May God Bless you this Holy Week

Cyndi





About the Writer

Cyndi Marlow is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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1 comments on This Holy Week - Who am I in the Story?

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By melanie jean juneau on April 15, 2014 at 07:42 pm

good to see you here

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