The Road to Jerusalem

In the Gospel from the Mass on the second Wednesday in Lent (Matt 20:17-28),  Jesus offers a direct disclosure of His coming Passion.  An excerpt:

[17] And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, [18] “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death,  [19] and deliver him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”

Jesus’ disclosure draws out a number of reflections:

Christ offers the Holy Spirit to breath faith into our hearts.

At the same time, we can prepare ourselves to accept faith and allow it to flourish when we ponder the miraculous aspects of Jesus, including His before-the-fact precise description of His Passion and the Resurrection.