17 April 2011

Homily for Palm/Passion Sunday

Today began with Jesus' procession into Jerusalem as the crowd sang, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." Then it quickly moved to and ended with the King taking His throne on the cross, wearing a crown of thorns and covered in His own blood - blood that He sheds to cleanse and make us holy. Thus, we have the Palm Sunday-Passion Sunday tension. 

The homily focused on Jesus' Passion and Crucifixion as told in St. Matthew 27:11-54. Resisting the temptation to settle for a mere, literal three word sermon - "For you! Amen!" - the homily seeks to bring out the "Great Exchange," that is, how Jesus, in His suffering and dying, is "Trading Places" with us to bring us back to peace with God.

To listen to today's Passion Sunday homily, click here and download the audio file.

Oh, and the Cranach altarpiece referred to at the beginning of the homily is the one shown here.

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