'I'm doing this for you, and all because I love you'
This Sunday is Palm Sunday. A day when we commemorate Christ's journey into Jerusalem, where the very same people who were to betray him just days later, welcomed him with great joy and excitement.
And it is also the occasion when we are asked to listen to a more lengthy Gospel passage, recounting the story of Jesus' passion and death.
For some people this day is a difficult one. I have heard complaints first hand from people when it comes to having to endure listening to the last hours of Jesus' life.
From today’s Reading (Romans 5:12,15,17-21)
‘As by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.’
In today’s reading St Paul describes how Jesus came to undo all the evil that exists in our world. In the passage we have picked out, above, he talks about the disobedience of Adam and the subsequent fall, and how all that was lost has been recovered by Jesus on the Cross. Jesus’ obedience to the Father in doing His Will and not his own has saved all of us.
Picture: Catholic Herald
To say Friday evening’s Way of the Cross (or Via Crucis) in Rio was moving would be an understatement of the very highest order.
To watch thousands of young people follow in the footsteps of Christ’s Passion, solemnly joined by their Holy Father, Pope Francis, was a most humbling experience.
The World Youth Day Cross (the same one given to the youth in St Peter’s Square in 1984 by John Paul II) was reverently carried down the street alongside Copacabana Beach, stopping at thoughtful sets, each posing as one of the fourteen stations.