When we celebrate Palm/Passion Sunday in a few days' time, we enter into our holiest week. We enter into our final preparation for the Easter feast. Our Elect and Candidates enter into the final preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation.
As we gather on this Sunday, we hear Mark's account of Jesus' triumphant entrance into Jerusalem as well as Mark's account of the Passion of our Lord. From triumphantly singing, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" to calling out "Crucify him!", the contrast is striking. But perhaps that is the our story as well. One moment we are filled with deep faith and strong resolution to follow Jesus; but when we are thrown into suffering beyond our control, we scream and yell at God and sometimes even turn away from God.
Why do we turn away from God in times of suffering or need? Perhaps it's because one of the hardest things to do in life is accepting our limitations. We want to think that we are strong enough, smart enough, holy enough, and friendly enough to do anything and everything. But we can't. It is only in accepting our failures that we let Christ be strong in us. Check out Casey Cole's reflection on why we are called to fail: