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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Palm Sunday– 1 April 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Today is Palm Sunday, also called “Passion Sunday.” This is the beginning of Holy Week which ends with Resurrection Day (Easter Sunday).

After His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, with people praising Him and spreading palm branches on the road before Him, one of the first things that Jesus did was to enter the temple “and cast out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who were selling doves.” Jesus told them that they were turning the “House of Prayer” into a “robbers’ den.” (Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, and Luke 19:45-46)

Then Jesus healed the blind and lame who came to Him in the temple. And what was the reaction of the chief priests and the scribes to Jesus’ miracles? Were they happy to see the people’s suffering ended? No! They “became indignant”!

Matthew 21:15-16

15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were crying out in the temple and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they became indignant,

16 and said to Him, "Do You hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babes Thou hast prepared praise for Thyself'?"
~ New American Standard Bible

Reading about the children’s positive reaction to Jesus is another reminder of how those who have not yet been indoctrinated into the “hard of heart club” can be reached. But it’s never really too late to have your spiritual eyes opened, as we have found out.

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