“Don’t let a rock do your job!” The large white letters jumped off the red t-shirts of the massive group of bouncing teens sitting in front of us at a youth conference I attended many years ago.
The memory of the message has stayed with me, especially when I recall the Gospel of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on what would come to be known as Palm or Passion Sunday.
Saint Luke tells us that the Pharisees tried to silence the palm-waving, Hosanna-crying crowd who threw their cloaks onto the dirt road as Jesus approached riding on a colt.
They said to Jesus: “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”
He said in reply, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!”
When God reveals truth, it will be proclaimed in the light, from the housetops and in all of creation. No force of evil can contain or prevent it. We, too, are called to be proclaimers of the Word, when it is convenient and most especially, when it is costly.
Will you let a rock do your job?
Sr. Michele Vincent Fisher, CSFN