The question that always haunts me during Lent and Passion Week: “Why – why would Jesus suffer like this for us, for me?” It is a question that has echoed through time. Many centuries before Christ the Psalmist wrote in Psalms 8:4, “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”
We look around and see our own failings and weaknesses on display. We see the atrocities that human beings do to each other. We see families being torn apart – men, women and children longing for love, yet unable to give or receive the love they need. Seeing this and often experiencing this pain, we can understand the temptation to embrace cynicism.
It is not surprising that many people find it hard to understand why the creator of the universe, the creator of stars, galaxies, black holes, supernovae, plate tectonics and volcanoes, can actually love us enough to be beaten, ridiculed and nailed to a cross.
In spite of all of this, here we are – the people of God, in the Church, willing to walk with Christ this Holy Week. Palm Sunday begins with Christ entering Jerusalem with crowds praising and adoring Him and it ends with His death on the Cross. If the story ended there, it would be a fit ending for a cynic. Cynicism will not allow the hope of a Resurrection. Cynicism can only laugh at the foolishness of the crowd who loved Jesus on the day He entered Jerusalem. Cynicism could never comprehend the love of God nor and His willingness to suffer for His frail and beloved children. However, our Lord did, in fact, suffer and die for you and for me.
We begin the Holy Week with love for Christ in our hope of His Resurrection and His Love – which passes all understanding.
Mrs. Helen Hawkins, OP