‘Hosanna!’ or ‘Crucify Him!’
We inhabit two ‘spaces’ on Palm Sunday: companions of the Lord celebrating him
as a triumphant King, and part of the crowd demanding his crucifixion. Whether
we like to admit it or not, as we go about living our lives, we still alternate
between these two places in our own day. In
the holiest days of the year coming this week, where will you be?
Don’t get me wrong – I know we won’t be making huge signs that say ‘Crucify
Him’ and lining the streets of our town condemning the Lord Jesus. But
how we spend our time this week is as powerful a witness as anything else we
might say or do.
For example – how much time this coming week will we spend (a) watching TV,
checking email, posting on Facebook, (or making blog posts - OUCH!), (b) cleaning house and grocery shopping
for a big meal on Sunday, (c) taking care of Easter gifts and Easter
get me wrong – those things aren't bad in and of themselves, but when
we compare that with how much time we spend in prayer this week, something
becomes clear: for many of us, this week is just like any
Friends – if Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are ‘just
another’ week for us, we might as well wear a sign that says, ‘Jesus
was just another man.’ Consider the perspective of
eternity: if we find ourselves sitting at home this coming Thursday
and Friday when our parishes gather to celebrate the Institution of the
Eucharist and the Passion of the Lord we are saying something with
our actions that is more meaningful than any words we could ever utter.
Once a year, the Lord invites us to accompany Him in friendship as He gives us
Himself in the Eucharist (Holy Thursday), endures His passion (Good Friday),
and overcomes death forever for us all (Easter Vigil). Where
will you be? How will you respond to His invitation?