WEB ZUPA GOSPE SINJSKE
CVJETNICA, (Palma, 24. ožujka 2002.)
Cvjetnica je – liturgijska boja je crvena. Jer ljubav je crvene boje. Isusa je ljubav krvavo koštala. I sve naše ljubavi, ako nas krvavo ne koštaju; ako nisu crvene boje – one to niti nisu.
Sjećate se kako smo dočekali Ivaniševića na splitskoj rivi, i Janicu na Jelačić placu? A danas dočekujemo Pobjednika u svim našim pobjedama; Heroja u svim herojima; Ljubav koja triumfira u svim našim ljubavima – Isusa Krista.
Evo kako idu heroji. Evo kako se pobjeđuje. Ovako idu oni koje ljubav nosi, i koji ljube do kraja. Ovako se osvajaju utvrde Jeruzalema, i okorjela ljudska srca. Istinski Kralj ne jaše na konju, već na magarcu. Nije okrunjen zlatom, nego trnjem. Ljubi svoga izdajicu, prašta svojim neprijateljima.
Ne mari za klicanje svjetine. Ne mari za udarce i ruganje. Ne živi od ljudske slave, niti se obazire na njihove poruge. Nije za jedne niti za druge, već samo za Boga – zato je za svakoga.
Danas Silni pobjeđuje, ali ne nasiljem, već ljubavlju. Kroz muku do pobjede. Kroz smrti u život. Poniženjem k uzvišenju. Ljubi do kraja, i utemeljuje princip – da ljubav kad ljubi do kraja osvaja onog kog ljubi. Starozavjetni princip da je ljubav jaka kao smrt dopunjava: ljubav je jača od smrti. Raspeta ljubav mora uskrsnuti.
Danas se pokazala sva bijeda svih izdaja i zatajenja. Svi mi u sebi nosimo svoga izdajicu Judu, svi zatajivača Petra, svi učenici dezerteri. Danas je na stup srama pribijene sve nepravde učinjene u ime Boga, u ime cara, u ime pravde… Sva podmićivanja, podvaljivanja, kriva svjedočenja. Svi zakoni-bezakonja, razlozi-izlike, misli-izmišljotine.
Otkako je u povijesti svijeta Bog u ime Boga osuđen, otkako je Nevini u ime pravde smrti predan, pravda nije uvijek na strani osuditelja, istina nije uvijek na strani većine…
Blagdan je ovo koji nas poziva: ne budimo uvijek uz one koji su "gore", zato što su gore. Ne budimo protiv "nižih" zato što su niži. Nastojmo se uvijek probiti do istine i poslužiti ljubavi, i uz cijenu vlastita gubitka.
Istinski heroji ne savjetuju kako do pobjede, već stupaju u prve redove i pozivaju: "Za mnom!" Isus je pred nama i poziva nas: "Tko hoće ići za mnom neka se odreče samoga sebe, neka uzme svoj križ i slijedi me." Idemo za njim!
PRIPAZI KAD ZAPLJEŠĆU
Kako bi izgledao Isusov ulazak u Jeruzalem na Cvjetnicu da mu nepoznati vlasnik nije posudio svog magarca? Premda mu se ime ne spominje, u čitavom događaju on ima ključnu ulogu.
Nema veze ako ti se čini da nisi bogznašto, posudi se Bogu. ... Tek pripazi kad zaplješću.
What Is the Name of Your Donkey?
What different story would we be telling today if the unnamed owners of the donkey had refused to give it up? Maybe we would have no the story of the triumphal entry, at least not in the way Jesus wanted it. No matter how unknown a person is, he or she can still play a crucial role in the unfolding of God's plan. The Lord needs each one of us as he needed the unnamed owners of the donkey in the reading. We are not told who these owners of the donkey are but the fact that they understood that "the Lord" refers to Jesus and voluntarily gave up the donkey shows that they could be his secret disciples or admirers. Otherwise one would have expected them to answer, "But who is this Lord who needs my donkey?"
A donkey was a very big thing in those day. The donkey was the equivalent of a car, a truck and a tractor all in one. It was a car because people used it to move around and do their shopping, a truck because it was used to carry load, and a tractor because it was used in cultivating the land. Add to this the fact that the donkey had never been ridden, that means it was brand new and had a very high market value. You can see that giving up the donkey just because the Lord needed it was a very big sacrifice. It was a generous and heroic act of faith.
Now, compare the faith response of the owners of the donkey to that of many of the faithful in our churches today.
A visiting preacher was really getting the congregation moving. Near the end of his sermon he said, "This church has really got to walk," to which someone in the back yelled, "Let her walk preacher." The preacher then said, "If this church is going to go it's got to get up and run," to which someone again yelled with gusto, "Let her run preacher." Feeling the surge of the church, the preacher then said with even louder gusto, "If this church is going to go it's got to really fly," and once again with ever greater gusto, someone yelled, "Let her fly preacher, let her fly." The preacher then seized the moment and stated with even greater gusto, "If this church is really going to fly it's going to need money." There was silence. Then someone in the back seat cried, "Let her walk preacher, let her walk."
Max Lucado reminds us that each of us has got a donkey that the Lord needs. Here is his reflection on using our donkey for the service of the Lord:
Sometimes I get the impression that God wants me to give him something and sometimes I don't give it because I don't know for sure, and then I feel bad because I've missed my chance. Other times I know he wants something but I don't give it because I'm too selfish. And other times, too few times, I hear him and I obey him and feel honored that a gift of mine would be used to carry Jesus to another place. And still other times I wonder if my little deeds today will make a difference in the long haul.
Maybe you have those questions, too. All of us have a donkey. You and I each have something in our lives, which, if given back to God, could, like the donkey, move Jesus and his story further down the road. Maybe you can sing or hug or program a computer or speak Swahili or write a check.
Whichever, that's your donkey.
Whichever, your donkey belongs to him. It really does belong to him. Your gifts are his and the donkey was his. The original wording of the instructions Jesus gave to his disciples is proof: "If anyone asks you why you are taking the donkeys, you are to say, 'Its Lord is in need.'" [Max Lucado, And the Angels were Silent, p. 54]
So, what is the name of your donkey? The Lord has need of it.