Living Stones – Tuesday of Holy Week
The Gospel reading for the Blessing of the Palms at Mass Sunday morning made me laugh. Really!
Towards the end, some of the Pharisees told Jesus to get His disciples to calm down, and Jesus quips that “If they stay silent, the very stones will cry out!”
Jesus was sassy! It’s true! Think about how that must have sounded – if His disciples hadn’t cried out “Hosanna!” in exultation, the ROCKS lying down in the DIRT would have! The very fibers of nature were aware that God was at hand, and all the Pharisees could think about was obeying the law just for the sake of obeying it, not because it drew their hearts to God.
As the Palms were blessed, and I marched into the Church with the masses of the faithful in attendance Palm Sunday morning, the choir began the hymn “Hosanna.” It made me smile to think that we the faithful, the modern-day disciples, we Christ’s living stones crying out “Hosanna to the Son of David!”