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Palm Sunday
April 9, 2017

By Grace Sbrissa, CSJ
Hillside, IL

Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-24;
Phil 2:6-11; Lk 22:14-23:56

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.
...He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a
selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient
death – and the worst kind of death at that – a crucifixion.
Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and
and honored him far beyond anyone or anything ever...
Phil 2:5, 8-9 (The Message)

Entitlement is what comes to mind! We seem to live in a world where we are very aware of what we are owed; because of my citizenship in my country, because of my family heritage or ethnic origin, because of my membership in certain groups, organizations. I lay claim to certain rights because of the area where I live, or because of my gender or my level of education, because of my religion. So many reasons to “claim status”! It would be helpful to take a few quiet moments to think about ways that I claim entitlement.

I claim a right to a trial by jury. I claim a right to payment for my work. I claim a right to a full nights’ sleep without undo disturbance. I claim a right to protection from harm… etc. etc. etc. Jesus was entitled to all the glory, rights, and privileges due to his equality with GOD! But he didn’t cling to those rights and privileges, and instead humbled himself, lived a selfless life in the lowest possible way, in a time, place and manner that claimed no exceptions. His life, and especially his death, claimed no entitlements!

And for this, God raised him up! Jesus was glorified by THE HOLY ONE! I want to remember this anytime I believe I am entitled to the better position in line or in life; the next time I want to be selected for a better outcome; the next time I overlook the needs of others to gratify my own wants, ego, or desires!

Help me Christ Jesus, not to cling to “my status and
entitlements”, and to remember my status as your daughter
in the Cosmic Reality, and what that asks of me!


Personal Challenge

“Think of yourself the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.”

Check back on Tuesday, April 11th, for a Holy Thursday reflection.

Courtesy of Ministry of the Arts