14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Listening to the prophet Zachariah in this text also used on Palm Sunday, I still feel an emptiness from our churches closed during Holy Week and Easter. To hear the words, “Rejoice heartily, shout for joy!” This prophecy of a meek and just savior entering the holy city of Jerusalem to establish the kingdom of God, to bring peace to all the earth. It is in the liturgy that we continue to hear the echoes of “Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Our nation celebrates this weekend its freedom from British rule and unification of colonies into a union of states. The birthing of a new nation was won through the pains of revolution and protest against oppression. This past month some of our major cities suffered peaceful protest overtaken by mob anarchy.
The voices of people call forth racial equality and an end to violence against minorities. “The warrior’s bow shall be banished,” and peace proclaimed to the nations. This peace is the Spirit of comforting words, at times used at funeral liturgies, offer consolation in the gospel. We feel the grief of so many people dying from disease and violence, there is relief in hearing the invitation, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, I will give you rest.” Separation from public worship has stirred a level of anxiety in some people.
The realization that we fight an unseen enemy by observing required anti-social behaviors goes contrary to the Spirit of God dwelling in us. This contradiction is the cross of Christ’s sacrifice, and the sanctification of the Holy Spirit offered in the Eucharist. Think of how you will bring the joy of your communion to others.
Let us pray:
O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world; fill your faithful with holy joy, for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin, you bestow eternal gladness. Amen.
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