As Christ enters the cityFATHER GEORGE W. RUTLER
Today Jesus enters Manhattan as once He entered Jerusalem.
When the Saviour announced that He would go to Jerusalem to "awaken" His friend Lazarus, Thomas volunteered himself and his fellow apostles to accompany Jesus on what they thought was a suicide mission: "Let us also go, that we may die with Him" (John 11:16). When Jesus came to the outskirts of Bethany, He was met by St. Martha, who on an earlier occasion had kept to herself in the kitchen: "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died" (John 11:21). In each instance is seen the transforming power of Christ's love, a potency over human hearts that would come into full play in the Passion.
Today Jesus enters Manhattan as once He entered Jerusalem, and the characters in the city are the same, for cities may change but human nature does not. Whether He enters by the Royal Gates or the Brooklyn Bridge, the avenues have their cheering crowds, sullen bystanders, cynics, traitors and worshipers. The mass media may try to make sense of it, or ignore it, but the procession goes on, with its innocent children, anxious apostles and curious onlookers: "If these were silent, the very stones would cry out" (Luke 19:40). There, too, with an air of condescension and irritation are the governors and judges and savants who resent this intrusion into their establishment. As Christ enters the city, He judges every personality, and this He does simply by a glance of His eye and the look on His face: His merciful presence is more wonderfully salvific and frightfully damning than any word.
Father George William Rutler. "As Christ enters the city." From the Pastor (April 17, 2011).
Reprinted with permission of Father George W. Rutler.
Since 1988 his weekly television program has been broadcast worldwide on EWTN. Father Rutler has published 17 books, including: Cloud of Witnesses - Dead People I Knew When They Were Alive, Coincidentally: Unserious Reflections on Trivial Connections, A Crisis of Saints: Essays on People and Principles, Brightest and Best, Saint John Vianney: The Cure D'Ars Today, Crisis in Culture, and Adam Danced: The Cross and the Seven Deadly Sins.
Copyright © 2011 Father George W. Rutler
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