March 28, 2015
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion - B
“Truly This Man Was the Son of God”
During the two trials in front of the Sanhedrin and Pilate, Jesus speaks only twice, one to the high priest, the other to Pilate.
Pilate asks if he is the king of the Jews, and Jesus' reply could sound ambiguous, “You say so.”
But to the high priest's question, “Are you the Messiah, the son of the Blessed One?,” Jesus' answer is crystal clear and affirmative, “I am.”
This identity of Jesus as the Son of God is proclaimed, again in affirmative tone, by the centurion, after his death on the cross, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
In Mark's Gospel, “The Son of God” is the central identity of Jesus. In fact, Mark begins his Gospel clearly stating his theme, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” (1:1)
And this identity cannot be understood apart from the cross.
St. Paul understood this, as he wrote to in the Letter to the Philippians, “Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (2nd Reading of Palm Sunday)
As an act of Divine Love, the Cross became the instrument of our salvation.
By His Cross, we are saved!