The Passion of Christ
April 5, 2020
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
The Christian values in this World are not on ascending order but on descending order , this is a secret truth of the plan of Salvation. Jesus Christ was the author of life but took the human form. If we imagine the gap between God and Man , it is unimaginable because the creator of the universe and the man who can not extend his death even for a second does not fall anywhere near to God’s Nature. For example we can imagine a gap between a Human Being and a Worm.
Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday is a day to reflect the greatness of God in a servants nature. Lord Jesus could have born in a royal family but he chooses to take birth in a labor class family of Joseph and Mary. This was the strategy planned to destroy Sin and Satan by the Father, Son and the Holy spirit. God’s Wisdom and righteousness can not be achieved in Human Knowledge and Authority. Pontius Pilot the Governor of Roman Empire was a Scholar , Philosopher and Knew justice and Law very well but the Wisdom and truth was not in him but with his Wife Claudia who recognized Jesus as a Just man, warned Pilot repeatedly during Jesus Condemnation. When I got this revelation , I always respect my wife and listen to her in all my decisions.
The Definition of a King in the Human Dictionary may be Power and Strength but in Christian Dictionary , the meaning of a King is Servant and defender of Faith. In today’s Gospel , before entering in to Temple at Jerusalem , he weeps at the Temple and foretells the Prophesy of it’s destruction. The Jews were so much wrong in their rituals and obligation of the Law , they had made the Temple as their God and Jesus destroys that temple and gives them a real temple of himself.
Let us ponder in today’s situation , who is more important to us ,our institutional church or Jesus who lives with us and in us. If Jesus is absent in our life, the institutions remain only a monument of God and the God’s spirit does not remain any more. Today’s situation is calling us to build a personal relationship with him behind the closed doors with ourselves and with our family members to break the bread like those early Christians who came together in love and charity , distributing whatever they had among the needy and relying on God’s mercy and love. When we do this in our own homes , Eucharist becomes meaningful, when we celebrate in the Community as Church.
The suffering and pain are part and parcel of Christian life , without suffering there is no resurrection. This is a Christian way , the Way of Salvation planned by the Father, Son and the Holy spirit. There is no other way to Salvation , Jesus went through this way , saints went through this way and every Christian will go through this way. In Christian life the pain is a gain , without pain there is no gain of eternal life. In the kingdom of God, pain, sorrow, Joy, happiness is same because Lord is with us who transforms all our sorrows and pain in to joy.
The Holy spirit is the Comforter in our pain but he does not take the pain away from us but gives joy and strength to go through this pain. Passion or Suffering Sunday may open our eyes and awaken us from the rate race of success and prosperity to love and service.
Lord Jesus became a servant King taking the form of a slave, riding on a Donkey and drew all the Worldly activities in the Temple , he cried with zeal , my Temple is a house of Prayer but you have made a den for robbers. Do these words apply in our life , let us ponder in our life and come back to the Lord in spirit and truth. Passion Sunday is an invitation to embrace the Salvation which our Lord attained dying on the Cross , Holy Week is a Week to purge out our Sins and be holy and accept him as our Lord and Master on the Resurrection – Easter.