There were three crosses on Golgotha. On the right and on the left were two robbers being crucified for rebellion and murder. On the central cross, Jesus died for our sin. On one side of Jesus hung a criminal who taunted Jesus in disbelief; he died in sin. On the other side of Jesus, however, hung a criminal who believed in Jesus. He scolded the mocker and begged, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom.” He died to sin and, Jesus promised would be with him in Paradise that very day. On the central cross (with its mocking title, “Jesus the Nazarene king of the Jews,” in three languages) hung a sinless Sufferer! He was dying for the sins of the world. Hanging on that cross, Jesus spoke seven times during the closing moments of his earthly life. It has been an age-old practice in the Church to reflect on these last words of Jesus from the cross as an integral part of Good Friday observance so that we may repent of our sins and resolve to renew our lives and thus participate fully in the joy of Jesus' Resurrection.
In today’s Liturgy we face quite a contrast of experiences and emotions. We begin our celebration listening to the story of Jesus being welcomed into Jerusalem with great joy and exultation! “Hosanna!” they cried out. “Hosanna in the Highest!” Jesus was treated as He should have been treated. People were excited to see Him and there was much excitement.
Two *Processions* of a same Person but with two different *Responses.*
One was a triumphant *ENTRY* into the Jerusalem city; the other a painful *EXIT* outside the Jerusalem city.
In the first, the *DONKEY* carried Jesus; in the second Jesus carried the *CROSS.*_
In the first *HOSSANA* was the exclamation; in the second *CRUCIFY* was the cry._
In the first people held *BRANCHES* of the tree; in the second Jesus held *WOOD* of the tree
In the first the people's garments were *SPREAD* on the road; in the second Jesus' garments were *DIVIDED* among the four.
In the first the Disciples *ACCOMPANIED* Jesus; in the second the Disciples *FLED* from Jesus.
Life has *Sunshines* as well as *Dark nights.* *Rainbows* as well as *Thunder storms.*
Happiness is *TEMPORARY* Sadness is *TRANSITORY*
A Kite cannot all the time *FLY* above in the air, it has to *LIE* down to the ground.
Both *PALM Sunday* and *GOOD Friday* was needed to arrive at *EASTER Sunday.*
_May the Holy Week make us holy._