When reading the Passion Account, we might ask or feel: “When will it ever end?” I sometimes wonder if Jesus felt the same way.
If the dramatic, communal sharing of Mark’s Passion brings to mind the many murders that affront us each day in the news, especially school shootings; the crimes that hurt the poor and desperate among us; the crushing despair of millions around the world who caught below the safety nets of economic and medical survival; then we are accompanying Jesus in his walk toward Calvary today.
If the images of the Passion help us join our own moments of betrayal, loss and loneliness, then we are renewing our baptismal commitment to die with Jesus to rise with him.
If we find in Jesus’ innocence a clearer sense of our own sinfulness – our silence and neglect of the suffering of others, our failure to risk love when it is required of us or offered to us – then we are face to face with our need for God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Palm/Passion Sunday invites us to dedicate the week ahead as holy, to enter it and deliberately focus our minds on accompanying Jesus: to the table of the Last Supper; to the garden of agony; to the trial before his accusers, and finally to the cross. This is how we will get to Easter.