Sunday, April 17, 2011

Palm Sunday - The Path of Waiting

Passion is a kind of waiting - waiting for what other people are  going to do. Jesus went to Jerusalem to announce the good news to the  people of that city. And Jesus knew that he was going to put a choice  before them: Will you be my disciple, or will you be my executioner?  There is no middle ground here. Jesus went to Jerusalem to put people in  a situation where they had to say "Yes" or "No". That is the  great  drama of Jesus' passion: he had to wait for their response. What would  they do? Betray him or follow him? In a way, his agony is not simply the  agony of approaching death. It is also the agony of being out of  control and of having to wait. It is the agony of a God who depends on  us to decide how to live out the divine presence among us. It is the  agony of the God who, in a very mysterious way, allows us to decide how  God will be God. Here we glimpse the mystery of God's incarnation. God became human not only to act among us but also to be the recipient of  our responses.
. . . And that is the mystery of Jesus' love. Jesus in his passion  is the one who waits for our response. Precisely in that waiting the  intensity of his love and God's is revealed to us.
- Henri J. M. Nouwen