You dies for me - Palm Sunday

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You died for me

Palm Sunday

My brothers and sisters in Christ.

How has this Gospel reading affected us today? We have had the account of the suffering and death of Jesus read to us many times. We are very familiar with the story. Yet every time we listen to it we are affected in some way. It touches us. It moves us. It stirs our souls. We cannot pass on from this reading without in some way being moved by what we have heard.

Was there some part of the story that seized our attention today? Did we find our thoughts running down certain paths? Did we experience something that touched our spirit?

Consider for a moment how this Gospel has moved us.

This Gospel takes us to the heart of the reason that Christ came among us. We heard last week that Jesus, in declaring that the hour had come, said that it was necessary for the wheat grain to fall on the ground and die. In these words Jesus reveals that his death was for a purpose. It is not just a tragic end to his life, but it has been ordained for him. He knows that his Father has asked this of him. He readily declares that his death is necessary – not for himself, but for us. He knows that from his death will come new life – again not just for him but for us.

We cannot understand Jesus without understanding his death and its meaning.

Let us gaze upon our crucified Lord in the crucifix. It is the singular most important Christian image. Christianity, our Catholic faith, is all about Christ crucified. Let us attempt to take in the immensity of what we have just recalled.

Today we have read St Mark’s account of the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. On Good Friday we will again listen to an account of the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, this time by St John.

Let us allow the story with which we are very familiar speak afresh to us, speak to the depths of our being, and draw us into the mystery: “Jesus, Son of God, you entered the darkness and pain of your passion, you died an ignominious death, for me, for me, for me”.

Archbishop Julian Porteous
Wednesday, 25 March 2015