“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”
These words are the words of Jesus from our Gospel this weekend.
There are several striking elements in these profound words of Jesus for our reflection this week leading up to Palm Sunday. First, Jesus expresses aloud His human emotion, His state of mind. He is exhibiting a very natural human response to what He is preparing to do. This affirms to us His sharing in our humanity, in our human weaknesses. And yet, as Jesus goes on, rather than ask to be saved from His impending sacrificial death, He prays that the Father glorifies His own name. He surrenders His human will and life to the Father. In the light of that humble and total surrender, the Father affirms publicly His oneness with His Son, Jesus, and through Jesus, the Father makes Himself one with us.
Make no mistake about it, when the Father speaks of glory, He is talking about the glory which will flow from the suffering and torture of crucifixion. There’s no way around that. Jesus enters into the very depths of human depravity, into the depths of human suffering, into the depths of every evil in order to overcome it all, to bring forth healing, to set free our fallen race so that we might live the very life of God Himself. We have received a gift far surpassing that of Adam and Eve in the Garden.
With Saint Patrick Day on Saturday and Saint Joseph Day on Monday, witnesses to the Faith surround this Sunday. The Foster-Father of Jesus and the Apostle to Ireland give testimony, both silent and spoken to the power of Jesus as Savior and Redeemer. They willingly reveal that Jesus is the One who draws all things to Himself, that the Cross is the sign of victory over this world, that we have no fear from the God who loves us so much and so tenderly, that He gave His only Son for us. Let us love Him in the same way that He loves us. Let us help each other to live passionately as disciples. And let us make disciples of all whom we meet along the way.
God bless you, God love you,