Mk 11:1-10; Is 50:4-7; Ps 22; Phil 2:6-11; Mk 14:1–15:4
Today we are asked to reflect on our devotion to others, ourselves, and our faith. Jesus said to his disciples, “All of you will have your faith shaken, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be dispersed.” Peter, very sure of himself, says “Even though all should have their faith shaken, mine will not be.

How many of us feel as committed as Peter in this moment? We believe our faith is unwavering. In good times, it is easy to acknowledge and sit in the light of Jesus’ love. It is in the challenging times that I ask, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Jesus’ closest disciples betrayed him repeatedly for their own individual reasons. They were faithful until doubt, fear, or weakness persuaded them otherwise. Through all of the challenges I have faced, I ask myself: How have I acknowledged the doubt, fear and weakness that attempts to persuade me away from my faith? How have I remained devoted to my family, friends, neighbors and faith?

On the path to living into your greatness, there will be much doubt. Our fears may manifest in unforeseen ways. Betrayal, even when expected, can challenge us to practice our faith and trust in God. In this season, and always, let us pray for the strength to stay committed and the courage to overcome with love and light.

Michelle Rosa Martins
Director, Office of Multicultural Education