April 24, 2016 -
"OUR LORD’S VOLUNTARY PASSION"
Today, our Church joyfully celebrates the triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the first palm Sunday. Our excitement this morning, however, pales in comparison to what we will experience next Sunday as we bask in the glorious radiance of the Resurrection of Christ. Still, we must realize that the period between these two wonderful events will take on a very different nature, for Holy Week will find us reliving every agonizing moment of our Saviour’s Passion.
Our Lord has come to Jerusalem to observe the Passover. More importantly, He has come to confront His enemies. He speaks out with great conviction in the Temple. He deals with His opponents face to face, openly challenging and condemning their ways. When He retires in the evening with His Apostles, Jesus instructs them about the final judgement that awaits the world, telling them to “Watch, because you do not know the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come.”
It is during this dreaded week that the hour would come for Christ’s ultimate sacrifice. With amazing speed, He will be betrayed, arrested, condemned and crucified. He will give up His Life upon the Cross. Alone and deserted . . . ridiculed and humiliated, He will breathe His last breath. While the world showed Him total disdain, our Lord showed us complete and unequivocal love.
Depicted on the cover of today’s Bulletin is the image of Pontius Pilate “washing his hand” of Jesus, sealing our Saviour’s fate. This is simply just one step in our Lord’s VOLUNTARY Passion.