Holy Week begins

first_img Tweet 46 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Holy Week begins by: – April 2, 2012center_img Share Photo credit: in-formatio.comHoly Week may be seen as a week of high drama. There’s so much to recommend it at that level. There are central figures – Jesus, the religious officials, Pilate, Peter, Judas, the crowd. Even those making brief appearances have more than brief significance – the ‘good thief,’ the High Priest, the women of Jerusalem and the women at the foot of the cross.Jesus is the central character, and the main focus of Palm Sunday, even though in the highlight event, the entry into the city, he says not a word. He’s as silent here as he will be for most of his trial before Pilate.Another feature of Palm Sunday is irony. A king comes riding not on a chariot escorted by armed outriders, but on the most docile of animals, a donkey; a prophet received with wild cheers from the crowd, a prophet who knows that prophets come to Jerusalem not to be cheered but to die; and the crowd itself, wild today and wild tomorrow, but with two distinctly different waves of emotion.Palm Sunday, however, is more than silence and irony. This is where the Passion properly begins, in loneliness, isolation, and a sense of foreboding.Jesus is here willingly. He could easily have taken a detour and avoided entering the city, knowing as he did how primed and set the authorities were against him. Luke’s gospel emphasizes that Jerusalem was a destination he anticipated and embraced. He “set his face like flint” towards getting there (Lk. 9:51; Is. 50:7).The watchword the Gospels emphasize at this junction is steadfastness. This was in other words a characteristic decision, all of a piece with Jesus’ previous history.Faithfulness and obedience were qualities that defined how he saw his life since the day his parents went looking for him and found him in the temple. His Father’s businesswas his business. It became a commitment he would maintaineven in the lion’s lair.Palm Sunday establishes continuity in another very important sense. Catholic tradition has tended to isolate Holy Week from the rest of Jesus’ life, as if everything that went before was just prelude. Holy Week is the real thing. That’s when salvation occurred. Everything preceding was just build up.The Greek Fathers of the Church, however, saw salvation in terms of the whole life of Jesus, and not justits climax. What saves us is the Incarnation in its entire range, not just the few climactic hours on the cross. Let me quote just two relevant excerpts from these sources:This is St. Cyril of Alexandria: There was no other wayfor the flesh to become life-giving, since by its own nature it is subject to the necessity of corruption, except that it became the very flesh of the Word who gives life to all things…There is nothing here to cause surprise. Just as fire has converse with materials that are not hot, yet renders them hot by abundantly introducing into them the inherent energy of its own power; then surely in an even greater degree, the Word who is God can introduce the life-giving power and energy of his own nature into the flesh of his own people.”And St. Gregory of Nazianzen: In becoming flesh, God “bears all me and mine in himself, that in himself he may exhaust the bad, as fire does wax, or as the sun does the mists of the earth; and that I may partake of his nature by the blending.” Or again: “So he is called man…that by himself he may sanctify humanity and be as it were a leaven to the whole lump; and that byuniting to himself what was condemned he may release it from condemnation,becoming for all men all that we are except sin – body, soul, mind, and in every part that death reaches.”Palm Sunday thus begins the climactic week in the life of Jesus, but not a week to be severed from the rest of his life in terms of its saving significance. “Today salvation has come to this house,” Jesus once remarked when Zacchaeus made his grave decision to change and be converted. Holy Week was still a distant reality.Salvationis not made accessible, therefore, uniquely through Holy Week. Itcomes through an acceptance of Jesus as Lord and a commitment to conformour lives to his teaching and values. This maybe realized in a single moment of great density, as it was with Zacchaeus and the “good thief.” More often, it’s a matter of lifelong perseverance, and faith that the life of Jesus in its entirety represents God’s saving willfor everyone.By: Henry Charles PhD Sharelast_img read more

Sports Ministry’s Assets Seized over N10m Debt

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports suffered an ignominious seizure of its assets wednesday when three companies bundled away some of the properties belonging to it over a debt valued at just N9.9 million.For failing to pay up the debt, the companies shocked officials, when they impounded three buses, a Hilux truck and two Mikano generators from its premises. The companies were, Zeminex Nig. Ltd, Micnovos Nig. Ltd and B.N. Donagel Ltd.They were executing an order granted them in 2010 by an FCT High Court, in respect of the debt owed them by the ministry.Though the debt was not in contention, the seized assets were comparatively above the liability.Nwude I. Emmanuel, the principal partner of Ifeanyi Nwude & Associates law firm, led the companies and court bailiff in enforcing the court order yesterday afternoon.“We are obeying the judgment of the court following the failure of the Ministry of Sports to pay the debt owed our clients since 2010. The total liability is N9.9 million, but the matter can be resolved if the ministry begins to make payment of the debt, even on instalment basis,” Nwude clarify.THISDAY learnt that the case was heard on May 12, 2016 and judgment given on March 6, 2017.Although sources in the ministry claimed that the matter was referred to the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, no efforts were made to respect the court order before the bailiffs stormed the ministry t5o cart away the assets wednesday.No official of the ministry was willing to make any official statement on the matter when THISDAY sought the reaction of some directors.“What do you want me to tell you? You witnessed what happened here now. Go to the minister’s office to find out why the debts were not paid despite the court judgment before this embarrassment,” retorted an angry official of the ministry to our reporter wednesday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

In weekend of Badger victories, women’s basketball wins season opener

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team kicked off its 2014-2015 season with a 71-60 victory over Illinois State Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.In a weekend filled with Badger victories, it was time for the women’s basketball team to step up, head coach Bobbie Kelsey said.“We’re very happy with the win, it’s a nice way to start our season with the ‘W’,” Kelsey said. “After the football team did what they did, and [women’s] soccer won their [NCAA opening-round] game, everybody’s doing well, and we gotta carry our weight.”The win saw the Badgers lead by as much as 30 early in the second half, but the Redbirds wouldn’t go away.“I was really happy with our team’s fight,” Illinois State’s head coach Barb Smith said. “I was obviously not so happy we were down by 30, but the fight back, it showed a lot of character.”The Badgers carried a 34-21 lead into the locker room at halftime, behind junior guard Nicole Bauman’s seven points and five assists at the break.At the half, both teams struggled shooting the ball, with the Redbirds shooting at 26.5 percent, including 1-10 from three-point range. Wisconsin shot the ball at 34.4 percent, but made three out of their nine attempted threes.Redshirt senior Michala Johnson dropped in two buckets from the post to open the second-half scoring for the Badgers, which would mark the beginning of a 20-3 run to open the half.“Once my guards set screens for me and I come off the screens and finish strong, then I feel more comfortable finishing around the basket,” Johnson said.Johnson finished with a team-high 16 points and added seven rebounds.With the score at 42-24, Bauman took over. She drove hard to the lane and hit a layup to increase UW’s lead to 20. On the ensuing defensive position, she blocked a driving redbird, then streaked up court to find freshman Cayla McMorris on the block for an easy basket.The next possession for Wisconsin, Bauman, who finished with 14 points, drilled a three to make it 49-24. She then stole the ball and found McMorris for a three on the right wing for one of her nine assists, a career-high.McMorris drove to the paint and converted a weak-handed layup on the following possession put the Badgers up 54-24, which would be their largest lead of the game.In McMorris’ first regular-season collegiate game, she finished with 12 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes.“To start the game I had a lot of jitters, nervousness,” McMorris said. “But once I started playing, it goes away.”The young guard impressed her coach by being aggressive and taking the ball to the hoop, Kelsey said.Down by 30, Illinois State battled back. Senior Katy Winge put the Redbirds on her back, scoring 25 points on 8-18 shooting, including 20 second-half points.There wasn’t nearly enough time to mount any sort of comeback, although the last 12 minutes of play didn’t sit well with Kelsey.“I knew they weren’t gonna just be down by 30 and let us just steamroll them,” Kelsey said. “Sometimes the kids don’t really understand that they gotta keep their foot on their necks so to speak and close the game out the way we know we can.”Although Wisconsin had a significant height advantage — three of their starting five stands at over 6-foot compared to Illinois State’s tallest starter listed at 6-foot — the Badgers only out-rebounded the Redbirds by two (43-41).The game saw the return of Wisconsin redshirt senior Cassie Rochel, who sat out last season with a back injury and grabbed a medical redshirt. In her first regular-season game back, she had eight points and five rebounds in five minutes.Although the stat sheet looked similar at the final buzzer, the results were disproportional.Each team had 29 defensive rebounds, and while it seemed only a small advantage in the offensive rebounding column for UW (14-12), Wisconsin had 15 second-chance points while ISU had seven.Each team turned the ball over eight times, but Wisconsin was able to push the ball and get 15 points off of turnovers, including 12 fast break points. The Redbirds only had four points off of both turnovers and fast breaks.“It’s just a matter of being more intentional about running both ends of the floor,” Kelsey said. “So that’s what we were doing. And hitting shots.”Both teams took 66 shots, with UW making 27 (40.9 percent) and ISU sinking 23 (34.8 percent).In a tough non-conference schedule, Kelsey knows what kind of competition awaits the Badgers, and knows her team must take advantage of victories against lesser opponents.“If that wasn’t a 30-point lead game we would’ve been in trouble. We know what’s coming,” Kelsey said.“We’re playing for what’s coming, not necessarily what’s in front of us. We’re not looking ahead, but we have to shore up some areas to make sure we give ourselves the best chance to win those games as well.”last_img read more