Holy, Holy, Holy...
or Crucify, Crucify, Crucify?
Today is Palm and Passion Sunday... the beginning of Holy Week.
Jesus went up to Jerusalem to prepare for the Passover Feast knowing full well what awaited him – betrayal, rejection and crucifixion. Jesus came to serve and not to be served, yet the people of Jerusalem were ready to hail him as their Messianic King by crying aloud and fulfilling the Messianic prophecy of Zechariah (9:9):
“Rejoice, O daughter of Zion. Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem. Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant & victorious is he, and riding on a donkey and upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
The colt was a sign of peace, so that Jesus enters Jerusalem in meekness and humility, as the Messianic King who offers victory and peace to his people. That victory and peace would be secured in the cross and resurrection.
When Jesus entered the city the large crowd shouted: ‘Hosanna in the Highest’ and ‘Holy, holy, holy’ just as we say every time at Mass. But then the crowd changed their tune and later shouted: ‘Crucify him, crucify him, crucify him’. Jesus’ followers and disciples also deserted him and fled, and Peter three times denied knowing Jesus.
What will you do this Holy Week? By sin, will you continue to crucify him, or, by repentance and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, will you continue to praise Him and even help carry the cross?
Will our Holy Week and our lives be “Holy, holy, holy” or Crucify, crucify, crucify”..or will it be both?
Jesus Christ, who is the true King, came to bring us offers of peace, joy and everlasting life for those of us who accept his kingship. Does the King of Glory find a welcome entry in your heart and home? Let us be ‘open and receptive’ in our prayer this coming week, and be content to follow and receive what God chooses to give us.. ‘For your heavenly Father knows all that you need.’
Lord Jesus, be the King and Ruler of my heart, mind, life and home. May my life reflect your meekness and humility that you may be honoured as the King of Glory. Amen
The vestments for today are deep scarlet red, the colour of blood, indicating the supreme redemptive sacrifice Christ was entering the city to fulfil: his Passion and Resurrection.