APRIL 9, 2017: PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION
Dick Hauser, S.J.




Matthew 21:1-11

Isaiah 50:4-7

Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24

Phillippians 2:6-11

Matthew 26:14—27:66



“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me” (Ps 22:2)?

These words of Jesus spoken while hanging on the cross are among the most disturbing words in the Gospels. Jesus’ cry of abandonment from Psalm 22 is troublesome. Did Jesus give up trust in his most dear Father during the crucifixion? Did Jesus actually yield to despair on the cross? How can we understand this desperate cry?

Vatican Council Two’s document “Church in the Modern World” helps understand the cry. The document recalls our Christian belief that Jesus’ divinity did not eclipse the full experience of his humanity: “For by his Incarnation the Son of God united himself in some fashion with every man.

He worked with human hands, He thought with a human mind, He acted by human choice, and loved with a human heart. Born of the Virgin Mary, He has truly been made one of us, like us in all things except sin”(#22).

As fully human Jesus on the cross tasted the depths of human suffering on every level – physical, psychological and spiritual.


 


Recall Jesus was undergoing the most painful and shameful death devised by the Roman authorities. Adding to the shame, He was crucified between two known criminals.
Recall also that Jesus was alone, having been rejected by everyone: religious authorities and fellow citizens, disciples and friends. It is poignant to recall that of his chosen twelve apostles one betrayed him, another denied him and all abandoned him. Only his mother and the two Marys were at the cross.

And perhaps most painful of all, Jesus was a failure. Jesus failed to accomplish the mission given him by his Father -- preaching the Good News of the Kingdom of God. Even his apostles did not understand this message.

And on the cross Jesus felt abandoned -- he even felt abandoned by his Father: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

In Holy Week we seek the special grace of being united to Jesus as we ourselves cope with the suffering in our troubled world and in our personal lives. Like Jesus we may feel abandoned by God. But like Jesus we are not alone. Just as the Father was with Jesus transforming Jesus through suffering, so Jesus is now with us transforming us!

And don’t we Christian move toward maturity in our faith as we embrace our crosses and unite them with with Jesus’. I have learned this truth slowly. As I have brought my sufferings to Jesus and dialogued with him on similar sufferings, I have been transformed, experiencing weakness to strength through faith.

Paul catches the heart of faith for Jesus and for us: “He humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend”(Phil 2:8-10).





For a closer union with Jesus
in his humility, in his suffering.

This Sunday we hold palm branches in our hands,
and wave them to greet our Lord's entry into the city of our salvation.
Last year's palms were burned to form the ashes
that marked our foreheads to begin this Lenten journey.

We can place these palm branches - perhaps from each member of the family -
in a special place in our home
(maybe cutting a small piece and putting it some place where I work).

Each day this week they can represent our celebration of his love for me.

That symbol can say so many words -
all that I am about to celebrate and accept as love for me,
and all the entry into Jerusalem experiences in my life.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory!
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!








From http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/040917.html

 

 

 

 

 

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