Homily for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Year A
Theme: Perfect Commitment
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday April 5 2020
(Mt. 27:11-54) Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
We begin today the Holy Week, days of intense spiritual reflection and activity. It is ushered by an account of Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem where He will meet His death and fulfil His mission. The atmosphere will be tense and full of threats of violence. At the centre will be Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah.The readings give us three important virtues which every Christian must have; Prudence, humility, and commitment.
The first reading opens with,“The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.” Communicating your message is a gift. There will be distractions, challenges, resistances, and threats. Jesus, in spite of those hindrances, was focused and committed to His mission. He tried to communicate His message as clearly and as concretely as He can. Only the blindness and hard-heartedness of the Jews made them miss Jesus’ message. But we can learn from the Lord. He was meek and mild and prudent to perfection.
The Second Reading is St. Paul’s ultimate recognition of Jesus’ humility. He was God yet He humbled Himself to be one like us. This should not be lost in the refection of the passion. He was without sin and of divine state. Paul was telling the Philippians what God had done in order for us to have the fullness of life. Though God needed no appreciation, it is for our own good to realize the sacrifice He had done when He decided to save us by sending His only begotten Son. There is nothing God would not do to take us back to Himself.
Finally, the Gospel, the account of the passion of the Lord Jesus Christ, gives us a vivid and almost detailed depiction of what happened more than two thousand years ago. It is both historical and a religious message. Jesus went through so much suffering and pain beginning with His entry into Jerusalem where people gathered and waved their palms as a sign of recognition and honour. But it will be short lived. The influence of the religious leaders and the envy of the Romans transformed it to a prelude to His shaming, torture, and death. The one they hailed, they put to death. The one they welcomed, they crucified. The one they honoured as the Messiah, they treated as a criminal. The passion will really challenge our faith. Nevertheless, let us be inspired by the commitment of God in Jesus.
Nothing God will allow to separate us from Him. Jesus, even through great suffering and excruciating death, obeyed His Father. His love for us was just too much to make Him endure the pain. It was a perfect commitment.
Remember to have prudence, humility, and commitment. These three virtues should make us celebrate the point of Holy Week which is new life in Jesus risen.