The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem gives way to his passion and death. Yet within a few days, Jesus will rise triumphant from the dead. He is the firm ground of our hope that all sufferings in this life are overcome in the power of his resurrection.
Christ came to show compassion and forgiveness for sinners. He condemned sin but let the woman guilty of adultery go free with the reminder that she was to sin no more. None of us is perfect; we can only hope that we will be saved. We suffer in this life but can accept the loss of everything as so much rubbish if we can only have Christ and be given a share in his resurrection. In this way, God, through Christ, is doing something new and is calling us from sinfulness to a life of service.
Christ is our new creation. In him we are reborn. When we were dead through sin, Christ came to reconcile us to the Father. Now we are ambassadors for Christ and are privileged to proclaim the Good News. Christ takes away our shame if only we will return to the Father’s house as prodigal sons and daughters confessing our weakness and waywardness.
God the creator of all things is faithful to his word. God is the one who acts in our lives. Despite God’s goodness to the Hebrew people in the desert, many of them fell away from their belief. The events that happened to them in the Old Testament can teach us not to make the same mistakes.
Jesus was transfigured in the presence of his apostles, and they realised how wonderful it is to be with him. Jesus is always with us, ready to transform our lives if through faith we believe in his power. He is as faithful to us as the Lord was to Abraham, who put his faith in him.
In the midst of all our troubles, the Lord hears us and will lead us into a promised land of peace if only we are prepared to follow him. There is no temptation that cannot be overcome if we are open to the Spirit who tells us that Jesus is Lord, raised from the dead by God. Through the risen Jesus, God is always with us, just as in the Old Testament the Lord rescued the Jews from slavery in Egypt.
If we are filled with the love of God, then we will judge mercifully. Too often we are negative in our criticism of the petty faults of others, forgetting that we too are imperfect. We can turn to Christ in our weakness, knowing that in the Lord we can never labour in vain.
Our hope of salvation lies in God’s mercy. Jesus teaches us to be compassionate as our heavenly Father is compassionate. If we learn to love our enemies, we will be modelling ourselves on Christ the new Adam, who will teach us how to lead the life of the Spirit.
We can place all our hope in the resurrection of Christ. Christ is risen from the dead and is the source of our happiness. Even those who know poverty and suffering in this life are blessed by him. In Christ, we can put our trust and ask for nothing more.
Jesus Christ calls his apostles. He transforms them from fishermen into “fishers of men”. We are all apostles and prophets to proclaim the saving power of God. Like Isaiah, we are touched with the burning fire of the Holy Spirit. When the Lord asks who will be his messenger, we reply: “Here I am, Lord, send me.”