Today is Palm Sunday. It’s the day when we read Luke’s account of the Passion of the Lord. The people in the pews have taken the part of the crowd gathered in Jerusalem to witness the capture and “trial” of Jesus.
Crucify Him! Crucify Him!
What were you thinking when you said those words? Are they just words in a script, something you said because it’s your part? Or do they have any special meaning to you? I’d like to suggest that you give them serious thought because every time you sin, you say those words even if you don’t realize it.
Jesus died for our sins. Not just for the sins of the people in Jerusalem; not for the people who lived up to and including the time of His death. Time is a human invention. God exists outside of time. He doesn’t change the future, but He knows the future. As Jesus hung on that cross, He was dying for your sins and my sins just as surely as He was dying for the sins of the very people who yelled “Crucify Him!”
So, when you tell a lie, when you fail to love your neighbor as yourself, when you don’t come to mass or when you fail to adhere to the Church’s teachings on marriage and procreation you’re yelling “Crucify Him!” just as surely as you did just a few minutes ago. When you fail to help the poor: “Crucify Him!” When you look the other way while your employees in Washington DC pass laws that encourage abortion: “Crucify Him!” When you go along with the crowd, giving in to worldly temptation even when you know better. “Crucify Him!”
But there is good news. Remember what HE said. “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.”