READINGS:: Isaiah 50: 4-7/ Ps 22:8-9. 17-18. 19-20.23-24/Matthew 26:14- 27:66
We are now entering into Holy Week. On what we now call Palm Sunday, Jesus prepared to make his triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem. He sent several of his disciples ahead of him to borrow a donkey. Then the procession began. A crowd from Bethany followed him. Another group from Jerusalem met him on the way and followed him into Jerusalem.
In their joy, the people took off their robes and spread them on the road. As the crowd moved along the way, they broke into song, Hosanna to the Son of David. He was greeted with cheers—a royal welcome to a King!
But the days that followed the triumphant entry of Jesus to Jerusalem become so different. A few days after, the cheers would be changed to bitter cries of ‘CRUCIFY HIM!’
2 point to reflect on:
—Jesus experienced glory and shame, success and failure, happiness and sadness, ups and downs. AND SO WE MUST. It would be naïve for any follower of Christ to expect life to be a bed of roses all the time. In life, there could be more thorns than roses. If the Master has suffered and so we must. The disciple is not above the master. We must not be afraid of suffering, pain, and contradiction. These are ingredients with which Jesus prepared to bring us salvation. We are to take them to experience redemption. We must share in the cross of Christ to share his crown and glory. NO PAIN, NO GAIN! NO GOOD FRIDAY, NO EASTER SUNDAY!
—People could be so PERFIDIOUS, FICKLE-MINDED, INCONSTANT AND UNFAITHFUL! Madaling naging balingbing! Take note that it was the same crowd in Jerusalem who shouted hosanna to the King that also turned around a few days after to shout CRUCIFY HIM! Why? Because their material expectations were disappointed. They have expected Jesus to be a Messiah according to their own style, one who has a military might that would flush out the Roman occupation forces. But when Jesus failed to meet their immediate expectations, they turned against him—even the intimate friends of Jesus abandoned Him. Judas, his most trusted aid turned around and betrayed him. Peter the Rock, the leader of the disciples, denied him three times, swearing by God that he did not know Jesus. The rest of the apostles run away and abandoned the Lord. The people that welcomed the Lord so enthusiastically on a Sunday turned around on a Friday and chose Barabbas in preference to Jesus. We can be loyal and faithful to God when all is going well but maybe not so when faced with trials and difficulties!
We go through the same process every day when we are confronted with temptation. To sin is to choose Barabbas rather than Jesus. Every sin is like choosing to crucify Jesus all over again. For whenever we sin, we are saying CRUCIFY HIM.
The Holy Week celebration means little or nothing at all unless we humbly accept Jesus as King