Homily March 24. 2013 Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion C

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion by Fr Joe R on March 19, 2013

As today is Palm Sunday and we begin to spend time thinking of the passion of Christ, I can’t help but think of the words from Genesis where God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone.” We know from our faith that Jesus became a man, not a likeness or figure, but like us in every way but committing sin. He had feelings, emotions, friendships and probably some foibles that for one reason or other got people on his case so to speak as he grew up. I think who he was and why he was born and what he had to do was a growing developing process within him as he grew to his manhood. The story of him and the elders in the temple certainly showed he was becoming aware of who he was. But today in the narrative of Luke we see him in his completeness as a man, in his knowledge, his relationship to God, his awareness of what was to come and the very human abhorrence he had at the very thought of it.

What I would like to do is look at the very end of Christ’s passion and those few moments prior to his death. “My God, my God why have you abandoned me?” Recalling Genesis, the moment of passing from life to death is probably one of the most singular acts of aloneness we will ever experience, most likely the fault of sin. As prepared as we may be and even surrounded by our most loved ones, there is a passage we must make like through a void, a darkness to a new life. It is real and empty, and when people are in it they feel alone and are reaching out , backward or forward. But mostly it is aloneness, isolation or you might call it abandonment. People have experienced such things and described it in what we call near death experience. Whether it be aloneness, abandonment or passage, it is part of being human. Christ being human was not even spared of this. Christ was one of us and what he did was out of love and obedience to his Father. He was real, human, caring. What was harder even for him was that he knew what was to come. Let us today recall his death and rededicate ourselves.

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