Sunday, 2nd April. Palm Sunday.

Readings: Matthew 21:1-11, Isaiah 50:4-7, Psalm 21(22):8-9,17-20, 23-24,
Philippians 2:6-11, Matthew 26:14-27:66

In the readings for this significant Sunday a line jumped out that had not “spoken” to me before, the first line of the first reading from Isaiah: The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue. In the reading from Matthew used for the Palm Sunday procession, Jesus sent two disciples to find the ass and the colt, with the simple message: the Lord has need of them. The Lord obviously had many unnamed disciples; another example of this is sending the message to the man who owned the room for the last supper. These people knew and trusted the Lord, had probably assured him that he only had to ask for what he needed. Their disciples’ tongues used in supportive friendship. Later, in the account of the Passion, we have other, less happy, examples, when Judas betrays and Peter denies. Such contrast with “Christ was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.”

The account of the passion of our Lord surely reminds us of what it means to be a disciple. “Unless you take up your cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple”. The precise cross will vary from person to person, but the common denominator is the disciple’s tongue, used to praise, to bless, to preach, to comfort, to offer help, to be friends, and in so doing accept all that comes as a result, both hardships and joys, light and darkness.

Each one of us has a disciple’s tongue, acquired at baptism. How do we use it? Do we use it? “……every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father”.

O King of the Friday
Whose limbs were stretched on the cross,
O Lord who did suffer
The bruises, the wounds, the loss,
We stretch ourselves
Beneath the shield of thy might,
Some fruit from the tree of thy passion
Fall on us this night.

Lucina Montague, OP