Palm Passion Sunday Year B Homily
Jesús draws near to Jerusalem.
Cloaks are put over a borrowed colt.
Jesus is seated on the colt.
The people spread their cloaks on the road.
Leafy branches are also spread out on Jesús’ path.
The people cry out:
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!
Hosanna in the highest!”
May our cries,
join those of the many people who cry
as we welcome our king.
My sisters and brothers in Christ.
On this day we enter into the saving mysteries.
The saving mysteries come at great price to the king from Galilee.
Jesus saves our lives by giving his life.
Jesus “empties” himself so we may be filled with hope, life and
Jesus comes as servant and slave.
Jesus comes to show us we can only be first by being last and least.
Jesus gives all,
Jesus has, throughout his ministry been drawn to
Jesus knows his disciples well.
Jesus will know
Jesus fully expects to be betrayed by religious and civil
These authorities make their importance felt by executing Jesus.
Jesús cannot be controlled.
Jesús therefore must die.
Jesus also knows his own disciples will betray him and flee.
The events surrounding Jesus are full of
surprises, the unexpected, the unanticipated.
We might expect Simon Peter to walk the walk as well as talk the
We might expect one of the disciples to be present at the death of
Jesus and say “Truly this man was the Son of God”
The person who declares Jesus’ is “the Son God” is a
“centurion” a foreigner. A person who most probably did not know
of Jesus until he was assigned the task of executing him.
We might believe
our observance of religious teachings.
The Jesus we meet in Mark’s Gospel
shows us grace (God’s life and Spirit) is:
unconditionally offered to the most unlikely of candidates.
May we empty ourselves so we
may serve others,
may enter into Jesus’ suffering,
may come to new and eternal life.