“This is not the
time to think about the elections, as there will be other times to
think about the vote. This time is for meditating on the message
of Jesus,” he said during the celebration of Palm Sunday Mass.
that the priority of the Church is to evangelize, Cardinal Rivera noted
that history has not yet finished, as Jesus’ trial continues today as
he suffers when we give in to sin or when the we make the shouts of the
multitudes our own: “We don’t want this one, give us Barrabas.
physical passion of Jesus continues in the physical ailments that human
beings sufferer such as hunger and illness, his spiritual passion is
caused by the moral sufferings he had to endure,” the cardinal added.
In this sense,
he continued, “our passion comes from religious indifference, scorn for
the moral laws under the name of progressivism, manipulation of
religion for perverse ends and from theoretical and practical atheism
which rejects God from public life.”
compassion towards suffering members is not enough,” the cardinal
warned. “We need to effectively alleviate their sufferings
instead of increasing them. Thus the reading of the passion will
not be a mere recollection but a source of personal and communal
Christian renewal,” he said in conclusion.
archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, has called
on Mexicans to set aside the issue of the upcoming presidential
elections and focus instead on Holy Week in order to mediate on the
mysteries of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.