Oh Lord, do not leave me alone, my strength, make haste to help me.
We have journeyed with Christ through Lent, from the silence of the wilderness, to the dawning realisation that his whole life has been a preparation for the events that will unfold on Good Friday.
This Sunday, we see the contrast of Jesus’s joyful yet humble procession into Jerusalem. We witness how the same crowd turn against his message of love and compassion and now call for his death. (Gospel)
The First Reading from Isaiah is a prophecy of the suffering servant.
It tells of the willingness with which Jesus enters into his Passion, confident that the Lord will give him strength.
The Psalm continues to describe the insults and humiliation that Jesus took upon himself in order to set us free from sin. The response draws on the words that Jesus cried out as his earthly life drew to a close.
In the Second Reading, St Paul reveals the hidden truth of Christ.
Jesus embraced the frailty and mortality of humanity, so that we could be drawn into the circle of the Trinity, and acclaim with the whole of creation that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.
Let us pray for each other as we enter into this Holy Week, that we will each make time to sit in silence with Jesus.
Let us be willing to journey with Jesus through his Passion, death and Resurrection.
We may choose to be with him when he is anointed with oil in Bethany, as he eats the Passover meal with his friends, as he prays in earnest in Gethsemane, and during his arrest and betrayal; or we may walk alongside him as he carries the cross, and then stand with him at its foot as he gives up his spirit.