Jesus' life can be summarized in few very meaningful words:
First we have Gloria at His birth
Than we have "this is my beloved Son" at His baptism and transfiguration,
Next we have "Hosanna" in today's first Gospel
And "crucify Him" in today's second Gospel.
But we have not to forget that the last word summarizing His life the "ALLELUIA" on the Easter Sunday.
In our life we did have our Gloria, we did have our "this is my beloved child", we do certainly have our Hosanna and crucify him, but we cannot forget that the end of our life is Alleluia at the day of our resurrection.
When Jesus dies on the Cross, a pagan, a Roman centurion makes the announcement: "Surely this is the Son of God." To understand who Jesus is, we have to stand under the Cross. To recognize how much God loves us, we have to realize the extent of his suffering for us. To realize that we are his followers, we have to join Him on the Cross. Love gives joy, but this joy can result in pain. Love means giving, but this gift can result in suffering as we say no to our own desires for the sake of the one whom we love. Love gives life. The Lord loves us so much that we receive His life. As we begin this Holy Week we pray that we might have the courage to follow Christ in embracing our own crosses. May we make real the cross of Christ in the world by giving ourselves to others in love, not sentimental and emotional but in real "love in the truth", as Pope Benedict XVI writes in his encyclical letter "Cartatis in Veritate".