My Dear Sisters and Brothers! It may look that Jesus was passed like an object from one authority to another during his trial. However at every step he was taking he was making a decision to keep on going. Every step he could withdraw from that painful path but he chose not to. Look at the final stretch of his way of the cross. He was uphill walking. When he was physically and mentally drained he still pushed himself to continue his way to Calvary. At every moment he could use his divine power which created the Universe to save himself but he chose not to. Why? Let’s leave for the time being the Passion Gospel and let’s go to the time when Jesus was a teenager. The first words of Christ recorded in the Gospel were addressed to Mary and Joseph when they found him in the Temple: “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs?” The last words of Christ were uttered in the Passion proclaimed at this Mass: “Father into your hands I commit my spirit.” Those first and last words of the Lord reveal to us that Jesus didn’t abandon his mission because he shared his heavenly Father’s love for us all. This love is not a sentiment but it is God’s longing to bring us again into communion with him. “I have longed to eat this Passover with you” said Jesus. Not just with the Twelve but with each and all of us. In a few days the Church will enter the most sacred celebration: Paschal Triduum which starts with the Lord’s Supper Mass and concludes with Easter Vigil. What happened during those days 2000 years ago we call REDEMPTION. Jesus Christ, who sacrificed himself on the cross, was raised to life and glorified at the right hand of God the Almighty as Messiah, Lord and Saviour for our sake.
What is SALVATION then? Salvation is when in faith and trust you accept the message of Redemption. When you believe that what happened in Jerusalem 2000 years ago was God’s doing for us. Salvation becomes ours when be believe in Redemption.