Gospel Reflection Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday Year B – March 25th 2018
Central to the passion account is the Last Supper; it is the meal of friendship and the way to remember Jesus forever.
With sin, betrayal, injustice, and in the middle of it all is love. The total and compassionate love or the Father.
The passion often presented too graphically. All on Jesus’ mind when he was suffering was us and love. The events we have heard are pictures of love in the middle of betrayal and injustice: a mixture of people who want his death – but nobody seems to think he is guilty. Jesus was the innocent one – everyone in the gospels said that —– the thief, the centurion, Pilate and Herod. But they were caught in trying to save their own skin and their institutions. People still suffer because people are looking after themselves only, ignoring the suffering of others.
It still goes on. Jesus still being betrayed in the starvation of the children; in the torture of the brave who fight for the poor; in the violence and abuse in home, school or church; in all suffering, Jesus still suffers in his compassion.
We are invited here to consider this compassion and the love behind every moment of the passion – the love of God. We are invited to soften our judgements and give the second chance as Jesus did. Nobody is ever written off by Jesus. Love for all.
The gospel today givesus more questions than answers, but gives a meaning, direction and hope to everything we suffer, ponder and struggle within our lives. In the washing of the feet, Jesus offers his life for the ‘life of the world’.
Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you are the saviour of the world.
Donal Neary SJ
Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger