YEAR C: HOMILY FOR PALM SUNDAY
HOMILY THEME: THE PASSION OF CHRIST
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: (Lk. 22:14-23:56) Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
In today’s Gospel, Sunday of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, we hear an account of the passion of the Lord Jesus according to St. Luke. It is a long and detailed account of the events leading to the death of the Lord. This event was so credible that just reading it already makes you more or less experience how it was to be there where it happened. It is interesting to note that this part of the Gospels has a historical basis in the writings of Josephus.
Let me be short and direct. Can you imagine how it is to be entering the place where you are going to die? Divine as He was, Jesus was truly human too. He felt the way we would feel if we were in the same situation. Considering the pain, brutality, and humiliation of dying in those days, it was even worse. The reading was not only to make us remember what happened but to be with Jesus in experience. The aim is to appreciate what the Lord had done for us.
Hopefully we will not miss every beat of His heart, movement of His limbs, pain of His body, and serenity of His Spirit. Yes, the Lord maybe experiencing great violence physically and psychologically but His Spirit is calm. He was going through all of these willingly. It was the will of the Father and He will be obedient to death.
Best way here would be to assume one of the characters in the Gospel like the soldier, Peter, or any of the people. Possible also is to be one of the things present like the cross, whip, or the soil where He walked. The goal is to be present where it happened. I pray for a meaningful and fruitful experience of the passion for all!