Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015

The U.S. exerted new pressure against Israel by leaving open the possibility of letting the United Nations set a deadline for a Palestine state, in what would be a departure from using the American veto power to protect its close Mideast ally.

The Wall Street Journal, March 28-29, 2015, p. 1

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In Chapter 22 of the Gospel of Luke reminds us that when Passover approached the chief priests and teachers of the Law looked for a way to put Jesus to death. It recounts how Satan entered Judas Iscariot and he went to the chief priests and officers of the temple guards to discuss how he could betray Jesus.  They were pleased and offered to pay him money.  Judas began, we are told, looking for a way to hand Jesus over to them.

Lest you think that faith has nothing to do with politics, remember Judas and the “powers that be.”

All that we do or fail to do is measure of one thing: Are we sheep or are we goats?

Each of us has some serious thinking and praying to do at this Easter time.

Jesus was still speaking when a crowd arrived, led by Judas … He came up to Jesus to kiss him.  But Jesus said, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you betray the Son of Man?” … Then Jesus said “… this is your hour to act when the power of darkness rules.”

Lk 22:47-48, 52, 53

Shalom.

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