Pray, Fast, Give: Palm Sunday
Sixth Week of Lent: Luke 22:14-23:56
As we celebrate Palm Sunday and begin Holy Week, we enter into Jesus’ suffering and death. We journey with him through his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and sit at the Last Supper with his disciples. We hear his agony in the Garden and witness his betrayal and crucifixion. We watch, as the women gather at the foot of his cross, and he breathes his last breath.
God who suffers with us,
You know rejection, agony, and death,
You hear the cries of all who anguish and are afraid.
Open my ears to hear as you do,
help me to feel your presence in my own times of fear, and
grant me the courage to stand in solidarity with all who suffer in our world today.
Franciscan Friar, Richard Rohr writes, “If all of our human crucifixions are leading to some possible resurrection, and are not dead-end tragedies, this changes everything. If God is somehow participating in our human suffering, instead of just passively tolerating it and observing it, that also changes everything.” The end of our time of fasting is approaching. On Good Friday, we will commit one last day to physical fasting. But what of our spiritual fast? As we journey through this final week of Lent, how can we truly be in solidarity with the crucified Christ, suffering in our midst today? Let’s continue our commitment to unity with Christ and with our brothers and sisters.
“The word solidarity is a little worn and at times poorly understood, but it refers to something more than a few sporadic acts of generosity. It presumes the creation of a new mindset which thinks in terms of community and the priority of the life of all over the appropriation of goods by the few,”(Pope Francis). Solidarity Bridge is committed to the mindset of community and the priority of the life of all. We express this through our efforts to increase access to quality surgical care for those in deep need in Bolivia. Join our mission today!