Palm Sunday

Vicar’s Reflection: 29 March 2015, Lent 6 Palm Sunday

What value do we place on a human being, a person? Through careful research I have learned that 99.25% of the mass of the human body is made up of the seven elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus and potassium, and the most valuable of these is potassium ($104) which of course we get a lot of from eating bananas. Therefore, the commercial value of a human being; from all these elements; priced on the open market; amounts to $160. Not much for a person is it? In the story of the last days of Jesus’ life we see his value to his disciples go from: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!” (Matthew 16:16), to: “Then all the disciples deserted him and fled” (Matthew 26:56). Palm Sunday is especially striking as Jesus is welcomed with acclamations of “Hosanna!” but those same crowds cry out the next day: “Crucify him!” When Jesus began his ministry his Heavenly Father declared his value: “This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him.” (Matthew 17:5) What value do we place on ourselves and each precious human being “bought at a price” (1 Cor 6:20) by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross? Our message as Christians is that we base our sense of value on our identity in Christ. That makes us precious beyond imagining to God and surely, to one another. Or else we could eat more bananas. Alex Czerwonka

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