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A loving God who suffers with us

WHEN Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tethered, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them here to me. And if anyone should say anything to you, reply, ‘The master has need of them.’ Then he will send them at once.” This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:

“Say to daughter Zion, ‘Behold, your king comes to you, meek and rising on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’” The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them. They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them, and he sat upon them. The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road. The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.” And when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?” And the crowds replied, “This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

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We begin the holiest week of our Christian faith with the reading of the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. And we ask, “Is Christianity all about pain and suffering?” Reflecting deeply on our Gospel we realize that through the passion story of Jesus we understand more the God whom we worship and adore.

First, the excruciating pain which he had to endure and the many humiliations which he had to face remind us that Jesus is fully God; however he is also fully human like us. And this is what St. Paul in our Second Reading reminds us: “Christ, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped at. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found in human appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” With Jesus sharing in our humanity, we are made aware that we have a Lord who is not far away from us; that he is not a stranger to us; he is a God who walks with us even in the driest, darkest, and dullest moments in our lives. To those who suffer, Pope Francis teaches us that “God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light” (Lumen Fidei n. 57).

Second, with what happened to Jesus at Calvary, the words of the prophet Isaiah in our First Reading today are fulfilled, “I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.” Reflecting on the events at Calvary, Benedict XVI tells us that “the cross reminds us that there is no true love without suffering, there is no gift of life without pain.” Therefore, the suffering of Jesus is not a rejoicing over pain nor a praise for evil. Rather, it was a manifestation of his immense love for his creation that has strayed away from him because of sin. So great was his love for us that he underwent every kind of physical and emotional pain. At the cross, Jesus displayed forgiveness rather than revenge; humility rather than pride; selflessness rather than selfishness. With the truth that Jesus suffers with us because of his love for us, we too are challenged that, as we carry our daily crosses and endure every pain and suffering in life, we can surely bear them all if we have the love of God in Jesus Christ, his Son. Just like Jesus whose ending was inside the empty tomb, our own passion narratives can only culminate in the glory of the Resurrection if we have love.

As we enter the most significant days of our faith, today we meet a God who can relate with us, who can walk with us along the way of the cross because he is fully human. He was able to endure every suffering because he is a God who is truly, madly, and deeply in love with us now and forever. Amen!

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– Jose S. Palma, DD, Archbishop of Cebu
– (April 9, 2017)
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