Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Year B 25 March 2018
The final week of contradiction. On the one hand, loaded with extreme examples of man’s inhumanity to man; you name it, it can be found…lying, treachery, hypocrisy, abandonment, betrayal, desertion, extreme violence, jeering, abuse, indifference and murder.
The other side, at the Cross, the truth of Jesus’ identity is revealed…spoken by the perceived enemy, the Roman Centurion, and witnessed by a faithful few, mainly the women.
Against a seeming increasing resort amongst many civic and some Church leaders to act out of a ‘might is right’ position based on political, military or even trade power, we find revealed the way of redemptive suffering.
“The Son of Man came…to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The powers of darkness stalked the cross at 3.00 pm that day.
In hearing Jesus say, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” they not only missed his earlier words “Father, forgive them they know not what they do” but they misinterpreted his voice. Anguish, yes, but He was praying Psalm 22: “He did not hide his face from me but heard when I cried out to him.” The prayer was answered, again in contradiction.
Think again: Darkness over the whole land. Creation in mourning. The veil of the temple torn. Jesus, the New Way to the Father.
And the little or forgotten people whose instinctive acts of kindness and presence:
The offering of vinegar
The looking for Elijah
The Roman Centurion
The silent presence and witness of the women all point to the truth of the words proclaimed:
“In truth this man was a son of God.”
Have a wonderful and truly Holy Week