TUESDAY HOMILY / HOLY WEEK - YEAR B THEME: One of you will betray me! BY: Reflection by Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor  Is. 49:1-6; John 13:21-33,36-38 Many of us don't like Judas Iscariot;


BY: Fr. Justus Oruma

(a) We celebrate Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and his passion. Christ entered, followed by many people with palm branches on their hands, singing: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed be he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest. What is remarkable is the fact that Christ entered Jerusalem on a donkey. What is also noteworthy is what Christ said while requesting for the donkey; “the Master needs it.” The Lord needs us all, especially at this time of trials for his triumph in his Church and our families. Our contributions and works are very necessary. If a donkey was needed for Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, how much more necessary is our participation for the triumph of the Kingdom of God in the world.


(b) In Jerusalem Christ suffered greatly for our salvation. The sufferings of Christ also teaches us how to comport ourselves in the face of some difficulties that confront us in life. Christ was patient through the time, in most cases he gave no reply to so many questions and insults throw to him. He sacrificed everything to His Father with prayers. Even when it seemed that everyone had abandoned him in his suffering, even when it seemed that God had abandoned him, Christ did not lose his trust in his Father. He did not give up until the end, and God resurrected him, and so he rose again victorious.

(c) The story of Christ’s passion calls us never to give up our faith and trust in God, whether in illness or in problems. When we look at Christ crucified, we learn this ability to endure the difficulties of life. When we connect our sufferings through prayer with the sufferings of Christ, they become redemptive, our suffering then becomes a sacrifice, we feel lighter in our hearts. We celebrate the sufferings of Christ because through them we are healed. May the sufferings of Christ bring us healing.



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