Homily Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Year A. 13th April, 2014
It is really important as we enter into the most sacred days of the Church’s calendar, that we fully appreciate that we are not bystanders in some drama that is happening somewhere else… to someone else…. In times long past…. We are drawn into the drama here and now in this time and place……
We are part of the crowds who welcomed Jesus with palms and cloaks at his triumphal entry.. it was us!!!.. and many like us, who proclaimed him Messiah.. and cried out Hosanna… blessed is he who comes in the Lord’s name!!!.. and got whipped up into the excitement of declaring him King…. We (all these centuries later, KNOW that Jesus truly is the King.. and the Messiah… ) whereas the crowds back in Jesus time would have had all manner of assumptions and presumptions.. some may have simply been going along with the crowd at that moment.. drawn into the excitement.. actually… we have to be wary that we too are waving and calling our Hosanna to the King for good and solid reasons…
We also are sobered by the fact that only a few short days later.. it was the same crowd ….. (the likes of you and me and heaps more like us).. who got whipped up into another frenzy of the crowd and cried out.. crucify him.. crucify him.. away with him….. anyone who tolerates a man like this is no friend of the Roman emperor….. take him away.!!!!!
Christ died for us….. He well and truly suffered and died for you and for me.. and for all….. because we needed saving… He didn’t just die for those virtually lost souls back there, as if they were worse than we are today….. No….. in so many ways.. big and small.. we were dead in our sin.. and he needed to bring us to life and suffer for us….. and he did….
….. After faithfully commemorating the Lord’s passion and death, we see things with new eyes… and we understand deeper .. so when we now proclaim Hosanna to the King… we understand just what Jesus, Our King underwent to call us to live according to his ways.. and not our own self-focused and stumbling old ways…
What Jesus did , he did out of love, of mercy, of service of self sacrifice…. And for that.. we thank God, we praise God and we worship God.. and we promise to follow Jesus and walk with him in his new ways
· FR. PAUL W. KELLY