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Gethsemane, Calvary And Joseph Of Arimathaea

posted Apr 7, 2017, 4:22 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Apr 7, 2017, 4:23 AM ]
9 April 2017 ( Palm Sunday of The Lord's Passion )

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The readings today manifest a change in ambience from adulation and praise to hostility and eventually the grim and ghastly scene of the Passion. Isaiah begins with the prophecy of Christ, the suffering servant who did not rebel or seek vengeance against his executioners. Instead, he placed his absolute trust in His Father knowing that he would not be put to shame. St Paul’s letter to the Philippians today contains a great Christological hymn of the mystery of redemption brought by Christ who assumed the condition of our human nature in every aspect but sin. Out of love for us he accepted death on a cross in humility. In St Matthew’s account of the Passion, Christ’s agony in Gethsemane is present wherever someone struggles with sadness, fear, anxiety, in a situation where there is no way out, as he was that day. On Calvary, he is in all who suffer, nailed to the cross of the gravely ill. For those who are “crucified” today, Joseph of Arimathaea helps those who descend from the cross, may we learn from him and from Christ today.