There was a very important job to be done

And Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it,

But Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that,

Because it was Everybody’s Job.

Everybody thought  Anybody could do it

But Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody

When Nobody did What Anybody could have done.

We live in a world where people derive pleasure from trading blames, passing the buck and pointing accusing fingers. We live in a world where everybody knows everything is wrong with everything and everybody, yet nobody takes responsibility for anything.

When humanity lost paradise and lost favor before God because of disobedience, nobody took responsibility. Adam blamed God saying, “It was the woman you gave me that tempted me.” Eve blamed the serpent. Nobody took responsibility. Jesus, though innocent, took responsibility for our transgression, and he came to earth to pay the price.

Today, as we celebrate Passion Sunday, we commemorate the beginning of the most dramatic week in the life of Christ when he gave his life to save us. At the beginning of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, he sent two of his disciples saying, “Go to the village in front of you, and there you will find a donkey tied up with its colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says something to you, say: The Lord needs them but he will send them back immediately” (Matthew 21: 2-3). What a paradox! He is the Lord, He is the Master, He is the King of Kings, He is God, yet he has to borrow a donkey to ride on. This is a rare combination of divinity and dependence; of possession and poverty. He has nothing of his own, yet he owns all.

This is not the first time he has to borrow from the creatures of his own hands. He began from his incarnation. He borrowed from the womb to the tomb; he borrowed from his birth to his death. He had to borrow the womb of a virgin to become flesh. Today, when we talk about the Precious Blood of Jesus, we are referring to the blood he borrowed from the Virgin Mary. When we receive the Body of Christ, it is the Body he borrowed from the Blessed Virgin Mary. Therefore, the Body that suffered and died for us on the Cross was borrowed from the Virgin Mary.

Furthermore, to become a legitimate Israelite and descendant of King David, he had to borrow a foster father, namely Joseph. When the time came for him to be born, there was “no place for him in the Inn,” so he had to borrow a temporary accommodation from the animals in Bethlehem. When the threat from King Herod drove him from his home country, he became an immigrant; he had to go all the way to Africa to borrow another country, Egypt.

He had no pulpit to preach the Gospel, and so he had to borrow the boat of Peter from where he preached. On another occasion, when his listeners became hungry, he had pity on them, he wanted to feed them, but he had no food. So, to perform the miracle of feeding the crowd, he had to borrow five loaves of bread and two fish from a little boy.

So the borrowing continued from his birth to his death. He had to borrow a room to take his last supper with his disciples. Even at death, he had no tomb to be buried in, he had no tomb to rise from, and so even his tomb at death was borrowed. What a paradox, what a God!

An important message from this act of God borrowing from the creatures of His own hands is, everything we have is a gift from God to us on trust. It is therefore a privilege to hear that “The Lord has need of it”. For “All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above, then thank the Lord, Oh thank the Lord, for all his love.”

The Message from Christ to us today is, “The Lord has need of it.” Whatever has been given to us is from God and is not just for us alone. We have been doing a very good job of identifying all that is wrong with the World, but the challenge today is, what are we ready to offer to be part of the solution?

We have so many theologians, we have so many bible commentators, we have so many preachers, but we need more Christians. Christians did not get their name because they knew so much about Jesus, but because of the practical lives that they lived like Christ.

As Jesus Christ gets much closer to the Cross, he continues to borrow from the creatures of his hands to save the world. What are you ready to add to what he has for the salvation of the world?

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo

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