“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 death, even death on a cross.” –Phil 2 : 7-8
Palm Sunday holds up the Passion of the Lord, and it’s such a wonderful thing to reflect on. I think particularly about the Agony in the Garden, and really what Jesus’ prayer life in general must have been like.
Jesus is a Divine Person, the second Person the Holy Trinity. He is God. So what is he doing when he prays?
That question is better left to theologians who are smarter than me. But one thing is for certain-he seeks the will of the Father. In the Agony in the garden, we see his human nature and divine nature on full display-he recognizes the tremendous weight of what lies before him, but there is nothing but confidence in and love of the will of the Father.
We can be certain of this-Jesus is perfect God and perfect Man. This complete love, complete self-emptying is what accomplishes the grand will of God to reconcile his people to himself.
We are called in this same way-perhaps not to make a total sacrifice in the bodily sense, but to offer our whole selves-that God is placed at the very center of our hearts, and that we allow his will and his love to animate us. That this love would be the very force that makes our hearts beat-this is to be a Saint. By doing this, we follow Jesus closely down the path into Jerusalem, onto Calvary, into the Tomb, and with him into the resurrection.
Happy Holy Week. It’s the final push. God bless.