of the Passion of the Lord
Holy Week recalls the Paschal Mystery of Christ. We begin this journey on Palm Sunday. Jesus is the Suffering Servant described by the Prophet Isaiah in the 1st reading. What happens to Jesus during the Holy week has been best summarized by St. Paul in today’s 2nd Reading. Out of love for us, Jesus humbled himself, suffered and died on the Cross. Therefore, God the father exalted him by raising him from the dead. (Phil 2:6-11)
In the Passion narrative of the Gospel, we hear the same people who shouted on Palm Sunday “Hosanna to the Son of David” shouting aloud on Good Friday “Crucify him.” The sins of the people have crucified Jesus. Even today Jesus is still being crucified because of the sins of jealousy, hatred, and selfishness. Our sins, yours and mine, we are the crucifiers.
We have a choice to stop being crucifiers and become cross-bearers and liberators. When we allow the goodness within us to shine forth through our humility and love, it would help in living the crosses from others’ lives.
This Holy Week let us think of the ways through which we could be liberators and promoters of life in our families and in our society.
Wishing you a faith-filled Holy Week.
Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS