What will you do for the man upon the Cross?

Homily at St Philip Evans, on Palm Sunday, Year B.

What will you do for the man upon the Cross?

You could betray him, like Peter. If someone asks whether you are a Catholic, or even Christian, you could cough politely and try to avoid the subject.

What will you do for the man upon the Cross?

You could become a secret follower, like Joseph of Arimathea. You could study his teachings and pray to him, and hope no-one finds out. But when you are put to the test, if you risk your own peace by giving him your tomb, he will give you in exchange his resurrection garments!

What will you do for the man upon the Cross?

You could follow him quietly in public, hoping others will not notice, like the young man who fled from the garden.

What will you do for the man upon the Cross?

You could become a loving follower, like the woman who poured perfumed oil upon His feet. You can show your love for him by saying grace before meals in public places; by wearing a cross or hanging one in your home, or even placing a Holy Week poster in the window of your home.

What will you do for the man upon the Cross?

In this story of the Passion, so many people turn away from Jesus and few give him comfort. Which character have you found yourself in so far? Which one will you be this Holy Week? When he fears being alone in the Garden of Gethsemane, will you watch with him and pray on Thursday night? When his disciples flee on Friday, will you be found at the foot of the Cross? When he rises on Easter Night, will you be there at the Great Vigil?

He loves you. This is the week, of all weeks, to show love in return for love. But love is of the will, and needs your decision. What will YOU do for the man upon the Cross – the man who died so that you could live for ever?