A catholic homily by Fr Robbie Low
Embrace the Cross of Calvary
Readings: Mark 11: 1-10, Isaiah 50: 4-7, Psalm 21, Philippians 2: 6-11,
Mark 14: 1-15: 47
One of the criminals hanging there abused him. ‘Are you not the Christ?’ he said. ‘Save yourself and us as well.’ But the other spoke up and rebuked him. ‘Have you no fear of God at all?’ he said. ‘You got the same sentence as he did, but in our case we deserved it: we are paying for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong.Jesus,’ he said ‘remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ ‘Indeed, I promise you,’ he replied ‘today you will be with me in paradise.
Luke 23: 39-43 (Jerusalem Bible)
When they reached the place called The Skull, they crucified him there and the two criminals also, one on the right, the other on the left.
Luke 23: 33 (Jerusalem Bible)
Large numbers of people followed him, and of women too, who mourned and lamented for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep rather for yourselves and for your children. For the days will surely come when people will say, “Happy are those who are barren, the wombs that have never borne, the breasts that have never suckled!” Then they will begin to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”; to the hills, “Cover us”. For if men use the green wood like this, what will happen when it is dry?’
Luke 23: 27-31 (Jerusalem Bible)
They led him out to crucify him. They enlisted a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, father of Alexander and Rufus, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross.
Mark 15: 21 (Jerusalem Bible)
‘Here is your king’ said Pilate to the Jews. When they saw him the chief priests and the guards shouted, ‘Crucify him! Crucify him!’ Pilate said, ‘Take him yourselves and crucify him: I can find no case against him’. ‘Take him away, take him away!’ they said. ‘Crucify him!’ ‘Do you want me to crucify your king?’ said Pilate. The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king except Caesar’. So in the end Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.
John 19: 14-17 (Jerusalem Bible)