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3/20/16 Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ - Fr. Reggie

We just heard the narrative of the Passion and Death of Jesus. The most holy days of our faith – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday - are approaching. Let’s think about that word “passion” for a minute. It comes from the Latin word patior, which means to suffer. We also say we have a passion for something when we really love it. So suffering and love are somehow connected.

And St Paul brings this out in the second reading today, from the letter to the Philippians. Jesus was in the “form” of God. The Greek word we translate as form means something unchangeable. He is saying that Jesus is really God. St Paul also tells us that Jesus emptied himself for us. The verb in Greek is kenoun. It means to empty, to pour out until nothing is left. This is what Jesus did out of love for us. He is God, the second person of the Blessed Trinity. He became a man. He lived the life we live; he experienced the joys we experience; he suffered the sufferings we suffer. And he died.

We all have a great question in our lives. Am I loved? We can run from that question, we can try to answer it in a thousand ways, but it keeps coming back. Is there someone who loves me enough to die for me?

St Paul assures us that the answer is yes. And that someone is God himself.

God holds nothing back in his love for each one of us. In Jesus, he pours himself out for you and for me. 


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