Fr. Peter Patrick’s Homily for Sunday, March 28, 2021:
What is Your Mission?
Today we begin the commemoration of the high points in the history of our salvation: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus in the Paschal Mystery. Holy Week is most definitely a very sacred time of the year, for it is now that we will commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus’ life on this earth. These are the days leading up to the great Easter Feast. There are seven days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. The Lenten season of sacrifice and self-denial is about to come to an end, but this coming week is extremely important for all Christians. The greatest focus of the week is the Passion (suffering) and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and all the events leading up to it.
The Holy Week crowns Jesus’ mission. We hear about the triumph of Jesus in Jerusalem in the Gospel read before the Mass. But this triumph is short-lived because it is followed by his Passion. People were praising him and wanted to make him their king. They sang “Hosanna, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Jesus was not distracted by their demand, he kept his focus on the mission. After a short while, the demand changed to “Crucify him.”
In life, are you able to relate to the Passion of Jesus? Of course, nothing can quite compare, but for those who are married, do you remember walking down the aisle on your wedding day while everybody cheered and clapped for you? Did you ever think of what to expect after the wedding and in the years to come, especially the challenges and difficulties? For those who are parents: did you know the challenges you would face for your children’s sakes when you first experienced the joy of your children joining your family? For those who have gotten your dream job: did you anticipate the difficulties that would come with it? It has been said that we cannot choose our challenges, but we can choose our responses. Your mission in this case is your marriage, your family, your work, and potentially many other things. No matter what challenges you are going through, keep your eyes on the mission. Jesus in his passion, death and resurrection gives us hope, and he is always there to journey with us. Every day is another day to discern what is our mission or calling.
The question we need to ask ourselves as we begin this Holy Week is: will we accompany Jesus? As we journey this Holy Week, let us keep our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus, who is focused, patient, consistent, and faithful in doing the will of God. He does not give in to the demand of the crowd, or empty demands of this world. He knows his mission; he is determined to be faithful till the end, even death on the cross.