Matthew 21:1-11; Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Philippians 2:6-11;Matthew 26:14–27:66
From now on you will see “the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power” and “coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:64)
From a sermon by St. Leo the Great:
“No one, however weak, is denied a share in the victory of the cross. The sacred blood of Christ has quenched the flaming sword that barred access to the tree of life (Genesis 3:24). The age-old night of sin has given way to the true light, and the Christian people are invited to share the riches of paradise. All who have been reborn have the way open before them to return to their native land… .
“True reverence for the Lord’s passion means fixing the eyes of our heart on Jesus crucified and recognizing in him our own humanity. In taking our human nature while remaining God, he left no member of the human race without a share in his mercy. Who does not share a common nature with Christ, if he has welcomed Christ who took our nature and is reborn in the Spirit through whom Christ was conceived?
“Who cannot recognize in Christ his own infirmities? Who would not recognize that Christ’s eating and sleeping, his sadness and his shedding tears of love are marks of the nature of a slave? It was this nature of a slave that had to be healed of its ancient wounds and cleansed of the defilement of sin.
“The body that lay lifeless in the tomb is ours. The body that rose again on the third day is ours. The body that ascended to the right hand of the Father’s glory is ours. If then we walk in the way of his commandments, and are not ashamed to acknowledge the price he paid for our salvation in a lowly body, we too are to rise to share his glory. The promise he made will be fulfilled: ‘Everyone who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven’ (Matthew 10:32).”
“All praise and glory to you, Lord Jesus, for redeeming us! I want to be with you in heaven forever!~WAU