But he was silent and answered nothing. – Mark 14:61
Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. – Mark 15:5
Today is Palm Sunday and we hear once again the Passion proclaimed in our churches. These two sentences struck me as I listened and prayed with the Gospel at mass on Saturday night.
Jesus’ silence says more than his words at these moments. And of course silence is probably one of the least understood, used, or appreciated elements of our lives. For someone who talks a lot, I must tell you that I would not be able to function without a period of silent prayer each day. One of the best parts of my Camino de Santiago experience was the long stretches of walking in silence with my friends. Silence speaks.
It is not lost on me that perhaps one of the most powerful moments yesterday at the March For Our Lives was the long held silence of 18 year old Emma Gonzalez.
There is a lot to pray for in these times, and my Palm Sunday prayer as we head into Holy Week is that we all find some silence, especially the most uncomfortable silences. That is where we are most likely to encounter the God we seek. In order to do this, we must all be willing to die, otherwise how will we ever rise?