Holy Monday

This week I’m exploring some of the thoughts, and traditions of the Holy Week. This also means diving in to some of the Catholic thoughts that I usually don’t encounter.

Today is Holy Monday. According to the traditions, today typically commemorates Jesus and the withering fig tree:

Early the next morning Jesus was returning to the city. He was hungry. Seeing a lone fig tree alongside the road, he approached it anticipating a breakfast of figs. When he got to the tree, there was nothing but fig leaves. He said, “No more figs from this tree—ever!” The fig tree withered on the spot, a dry stick. The disciples saw it happen. They rubbed their eyes, saying, “Did we really see this? A leafy tree one minute, a dry stick the next?” But Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life and don’t doubt God, you’ll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. This mountain, for instance, you’ll tell, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it will jump. Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God.” -Matthew 21:18-22 (Message)

This story comes right after The Royal Welcome of Palm Sunday, and challenges us to live a fruitful life of God’s Kingdom. The day is also known to include readings of Psalm 27:1-3,13-14

Light, space, zest— that’s God!
So, with him on my side I’m fearless,
afraid of no one and nothing.

When vandal hordes ride down
ready to eat me alive,
Those bullies and toughs
fall flat on their faces.

When besieged,
I’m calm as a baby.
When all hell breaks loose,
I’m collected and cool.

(1-3)

I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness
in the exuberant earth.
Stay with God!
Take heart. Don’t quit.
I’ll say it again:
Stay with God.

(13-14)

Spend extra time in remembrance of Jesus this week, and what He sacrificed for us. Happy Holy Monday.

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