Today is Passion Sunday, popularly known also in the Philippines as Palm Sunday. Why Palm Sunday becomes popular for Filipinos? It is for the simple reason that we Filipinos give more emphasis on the triumphant entry of Jesus to the city of Jerusalem where he was welcomed by his people as KING with their leafy branches while shouting, “Hosanna to the son of David, the king of Israel. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.”
The celebration of the Passion Sunday signals the beginning of our celebration of the Holy Week in which we commemorate with great solemnity the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus as the Messiah. What Messiah? A Suffering Messiah as prophesied by prophet Isaiah. Why a suffering Messiah? Because God wills that it is only through his passion, death and resurrection that he can gain for us forgiveness of sins, reconciliation, redemption, salvation and fullness of life.
There was a girl who never saw the light of dawn. From birth she never had her sight. One day her mother asked: “Lucia, what do you want to receive as a gift on your eighteenth birthday?”
She replied, “I want to see God. I want to see you mom. And I want to see myself.”
This I promise you,” the mother replied,” Your wish will come true.”
The mother went to the doctor and asked, “How can my daughter Lucia receive her sight?”
The doctor replied,” If you want to make her happy give her your eyes.”
And the mother said, “Yes.”
Finally, the doctor performed the eye transplant for Lucia. She immediately received her sight through the successful eye operation. Now her mother was very happy to hear Lucia’s dream came true.
Do you want to be happy? Then, make others happy.
Do you want to be successful? Then, make the other’s dream come true.
Do you want to enjoy your life? Then, invest in making people’s lives enjoyable
This is also what Jesus did for us and for our salvation. He suffered and died for us so that we may have life to its fullness (John 10:10).