Eucharistic Flame Prayer Meeting 12th April 2019

Eucharistic Flame Prayer Meeting
12th April 2019
Bible words: Luke 19:28-40

The Triumphant Approach to Jerusalem

28 After Jesus said this, he went on in front of them toward Jerusalem. 29 As he came near Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead 30 with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you; as you go in, you will find a colt tied up that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If someone asks you why you are untying it, tell him that the Master needs it.”
32 They went on their way and found everything just as Jesus had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying it?”
34 “The Master needs it,” they answered, 35 and they took the colt to Jesus. Then they threw their cloaks over the animal and helped Jesus get on. 36 As he rode on, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near Jerusalem, at the place where the road went down the Mount of Olives, the large crowd of his disciples began to thank God and praise him in loud voices for all the great things that they had seen: 38 “God bless the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God!”
39 Then some of the Pharisees in the crowd spoke to Jesus. “Teacher,” they said, “command your disciples to be quiet!”
40 Jesus answered, “I tell you that if they keep quiet, the stones themselves will start shouting.”

Dear loving brothers and sisters,
We are entering the Holy Week. It is the time of renewal of our heart and mind. We can find time to reflect on the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Every year we participate in the Holy Week, but it is very important how much we take in our heart. Jesus came to the world to help everyone. The bible reads, God loved this world so much so that he sent his begotten son here on the earth to give hope to everyone. Jesus came in this world to help everyone. It was the plan of God that Jesus underwent this situation. Jesus accepted the plan of God. We can see it was not so harmonic for him, but by deep prayer Jesus received the power to carry the cross as well as the Heaven-designed plan. On Palm Sunday people made very big hosannas for Jesus but on Friday things were very different. They were totally against him, and with very great pain Jesus died on the cross, but his death led to resurrection.
Our life is also a journey. We all wish for a happy journey, but we also have different experiences. When we experience suffering, we have to look at the cross and keep the resurrection in our heart.

I wish you a graceful prayer meeting.

Fr. Joseph