Catholic Bible Press
Catholic Bible Press
March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Abandoned in His Passion
And they all left him and fled.
Mark 14:50

When we think about the crucifixion and death of Jesus, images of his excruciating physical suffering and death often pour into our minds. But there was another kind of suffering that might have been even more painful for Jesus. Many of his disciples whom he had loved and taught abandoned him when he needed them the most.

It would be hard to imagine how much pain this added to Jesus’ suffering and death. The compassionate heart of Jesus certainly understood their fear, and he forgave them. After his resurrection, he appeared to them, and through the gift of the Holy Spirit, they were changed, and they were able to spread the gospel message faithfully to many people in many places.

Where there is unfaithfulness, there is the offer of divine forgiveness that creates us anew. We can always count on that. Let us be grateful that God’s forgiveness lovingly changed us when we needed it most.

- Fr. Kenneth Grabner, C.S.C.

Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16 • Isaiah 50:4-7 • Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 • Philippians 2:6-11 • Mark 14:1—15:47

Comments

March 28, 2021 at 05:25 PM

To be abandoned by your friends adds so much to the suffering. It give me comfort knowing that we have the opportunity to get up and try again with the forgiveness of our Lord and God. May Fr. Ken rest in peace. A beautiful devotion.

March 28, 2021 at 04:45 PM

Fr. Kenneth, thank you for your beautiful devotion. May you rest in peace with our lord in heaven. * "Abandoned in His Passion". Will I Stay or Will I Run? His disciples whom he had loved and taught abandoned him when he needed them the most, they all left him and fled, including a young man that followed him, he was wearing nothing but a linen cloth about his body. When they seized him, he left the cloth behind and ran off naked. * I am only human like the disciples and the young man, therefore I can't answer for sure "Will I Stay or Will I Run?" and abandon Jesus at the moment of His passion. I can only pray to Jesus and the Holy Spirit to give me the strength to overcome my fear at that moment and stand tall beside Jesus. Amen. God Bless our Living Faith Family and continued prayers for all.

March 28, 2021 at 03:24 PM

Amen.

March 28, 2021 at 09:34 AM

When you were growing up did you ever encounter a situation where you had a group of friends over and you all were playing or hanging around out and then all of sudden, your friends saw something that might be a little more fun, they all scattered and you found yourself just there all by yourself. This is kind of how it was for Jesus on Palm Sunday. The town was bustling around the streets, great celebrations was in the air. Jesus the teacher, the one who has been performing all of those special miracles, was coming to town and maybe he will pass by their way. Then a few days later, where were all of he people that had waited for a chance to see him, when he needed them the most. Oh, they were there, but they were mostly saying Crucify him and claiming that they do not know him. The scene changes a little bit and now they are with him again on the way to the cross, spitting at him, screaming at him. Let’s us think of the times in our lives, just recently, we choose what we thought was better. These times we are no different than those people in the street. Let’s us reflect this week and really prepare our hearts and minds as we walk with Jesus on the way to the cross, but let us be the ones offering our unconditional love and support. After all Jesus is going through this for our sins, wanting to draw us towards himself, following his Father’s commandments. Have a great Holy Week everyone. Dear Jesus please hear the prayers of your Living Faith Family, for those who have no one to pray for them and for all of the souls in Purgatory, that they may see the face of Christ today in Heaven, we pray. Amen.

Sham Peter Narine Respond to comment
March 28, 2021 at 07:12 AM

Thanks Fr. Ken for today's devotion. The world clamors for democracy and freedom. People demand not just freedom but absolute freedom. What is even worse is that decisions are often made based on popular opinion, initially articulated by a minority. But they speak so loudly that their voices seem to represent the majority. Unfortunately, the majority are silent observers. Because they do not articulate their views, only the views of the minority are heard, and then they eventually get swayed by them too. This is the danger of the world today. Truth is decided by the consensus of a few who articulate loudly, making it seem like the voice of the majority. This was the case in the trial of Jesus. It was a townhall trial. A trial by the mob. Prayer for all the living faith family members. Have a blessed day everyone.

T. W.
March 28, 2021 at 02:25 PM

What I have notice in life is that in several cases, if the majority was operating like Christ the minority would have less to say. Jesus response to the majority Pharisees and Sadducees is a reflection of that. Sometimes neither the majority or the minority decisions are correct. That's why we must daily follow Jesus examples documented in the Bible.

Gayle
March 28, 2021 at 09:44 AM

Interesting perspective that the minority just make more noise so they sound like the majority. So let us be loud boisterous Christians!

March 28, 2021 at 04:11 AM

A mix of sadness and joy today. I have been reading up on the writers of these devotions for a few weeks now. (click on their name above) It appears that Fr. Ken had passed away on March 9th this year. I always enjoyed his devotions. Rest in peace, Fr. Ken. And on the joyous note. My wife and I shared in the Body of Christ for the first time in over a year at Saturday vigil of Palm Sunday weekend at our church. What a blessed day. Looking forward to this start of Holy Week. Prayers to all the Living Faith family and all in need of prayers.

T.W.
March 28, 2021 at 02:31 PM

Fr. Ken will truly be missed! God Bless his entire family and many friends!

EM
March 28, 2021 at 08:28 AM

Amen. So happy for you Bill. Prayers for the LF Family for a blessed Holy Week. Rest In Peace Fr. Ken and all the souls in Purgatory.

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