It is Passion Sunday. Not entirely a day for sorrow, for Christ is entering Jerusalem in a triumphal way - albeit to His Passion and Death – but ultimately to accomplish his Pascal mystery. This encompasses His passion and death but also His Resurrection!

You can imagine the scene, palms waving by excited followers, the sand wafts into the air as the people jostle to get a better view of the Messiah. The shouts grow louder for a simple carpenter/itinerant preacher but who is truly the Son of God as well as man… “he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.[1]

We can join these crowds and shout “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heavens.[2] Here is our Redeemer, the conqueror of our sins, the conqueror or death!

The whole city was in turmoil. ‘Who is this?’ people asked, and the crowds answered, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’”[3]

Alas, the cheering turns to jeering. “If you are God’s son, come down from the cross.[4] If we dare we can follow Christ through his Passion and stay with Him at the foot of the cross. Our voices will no doubt now be drowned with our tears. But let us join the centurion in his great act of faith, that “In truth this was a son of God.[5] Christ will rise again and our voices will once again resound triumphantly “Blessings on Him who comes in the name of the Lord.[6]

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

[1] Phil.2:7-8

[2] Mt.21:9

[3] Mt.21:11

[4] Mt.27:40

[5] Mt.27:66

[6] Mt.21:9