Spiritual reflections: Jesus acted out exactly what he had told the disciples to do: demonstrating how to be forgiving and hold fast to one who could be lost.
The Peace Pulpit: Fix deeply in our minds and in our hearts today that Jesus has overcome suffering and death and violence and killing and all the terrible things that go on in our world through sin.
The Peace Pulpit: Jesus comes into Jerusalem not as a warrior king, but as a humble servant riding on a donkey. If we can fully grasp what Jesus is telling us, it will begin to change our attitude, our way of acting.
Spiritual Reflections: We may be people who wonder what God might be up to. We may choose to allow authorities to give us the answers.
The Peace Pulpit: We have to listen to God in the Word that we hear every week. We have to receive God into our hearts through our Eucharist.
Spiritual Reflections: When Jesus interpreted the Mosaic Law, he refused to get lost in juridical minutiae but went to the heart of the matter. Fulfillment of the law is simply a question of love.
The Peace Pulpit: "We can take that vision of Jesus and make it our own. We want to follow him. That's faith."
The Peace Pulpit: "It's Jesus who is showing us the way to love even our enemy, to do good to those who hurt us."
The Peace Pulpit: "In our time, do we hear Jesus and his call to forgiveness, to love, to rejecting violence?"
NCR Today: A glance at the Gospel of Matthew's presentation of the family tree of Jesus give us awareness that our human family is peppered with "nodal" events.