This is Week 5 of Lent and the lead up to Palm Sunday
Isaiah 50:6-7, Psalm 22, Luke 23:1-49
The Jews had been longing for a great leader, like one of their Kings of old, who would lead them to victory against the Roman invaders. They thought that Jesus might be that leader. At this time of Passover many Jews gathered in Jerusalem to remember how God had saved them from slavery. But by his actions Jesus shows everyone that he is no earthly king or soldier – he comes as the King of peace, love and forgiveness. This is why he chose to enter the city riding on a donkey, commonly used for carrying loads, rather than a battle horse. When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he was welcomed as this king, but he came as a king of peace and not to bring war.
It is important at this time of focusing on the agony and desolation of the passion, that we also remember the fact of the resurrection and the perspective of the risen Christ ascending into glory. We see the self-giving love of Jesus, who was obedient even to death, was raised up and glorified by God. Through giving his life he gained life, and so did we.
[Adapted from www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz]
Markelle Ward – ADRS – Garin College