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I'm not sure if it belongs here, so moderators please move it to a place that you deem more appropriate. There is a particular passage from the Passion reading this past weekend which has been haunting my thoughts. I read/listened to the Passion four times this weekend since I was working at the church. It was this passage:
I may be interpreting this incorrectly, but from the moment I heard this on Saturday night and then for the subsequent three other masses on Sunday, I couldn't help but keep thinking that we are in the days where people are blessing those, including themselves, who have never born children. Did any of your celebrants on Palm Sunday address this particular passage? We had the same priest for each of the same masses and his homily was wonderful, but it did not address this.
Jesus' words: "blessed are the barren," is very ironic. Back in those days, it is women with children who are considered to be blessed; here Jesus is implying that the childless will be lucky because they will not get to see their offspring slaughtered before their eyes. It somewhat echoes Isaiah 54:1.
“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
break forth into singing and cry aloud,
you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than the children of her who is married,” says the LORD.
The mountains bit, meanwhile, is an allusion to Hosea 10:8:
Samaria's king shall perish
like a twig on the face of the waters.
The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel,
shall be destroyed.
Thorn and thistle shall grow up
on their altars,
and they shall say to the mountains, “Cover us,”
and to the hills, “Fall on us.”
Hosea's words describe Israel's cry for relief from the punishment of its apostasy - they are asking for death the mountains and the hills to bury them. It basically illustrates the horror of a defeated populace facing the wrath of their conqueror. This cry is heard again in the mourning of the daughters of Jerusalem and Jesus' comment on it, which relates the city's reaction to Him to the apostasy of Israel of old. (Note that Revelation 6:16 also alludes to the same passage from Hosea, but applies it in a more universal level.)
As for the comparison between the damp wood and the dry wood (I should note that a similar comparison is made between a green tree and a dry tree in Ezekiel 17:24, but in a different sense), it would seem that Jesus is comparing Himself to the damp wood, which is hard to kindle, and the women of Jerusalem (and the Jerusalemites as a whole) to the easily-combustible dry wood. If God allowed the innocent Jesus (the green wood) to suffer such a fate as Jerusalem prepares for Him, what will be the fate of Jerusalem (the dry wood)? There could also be a contrast between the wood on which Jesus is crucified (not consumed by flames) and the wood of Jerusalem (burned by fire) in its destruction.