Jesus let go. He “fell with the petal”. This is what the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday is all about. “...He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death -- even death on a cross. Therefore, God [also] highly exalted him...” “The life we desperately want comes to us when we cease clutching it.”
The humbling of Jesus doesn’t refer as much to his Incarnation as to his voluntarily serving others, to the point of death, without any assurance that what he did would be vindicated or justified, or even acknowledged. Jesus bids us to live our version of abasement and exaltation, of “letting go to keep”. You and I are called to honor one another by becoming as a servant, obedient even to the point of inconvenience, mistrust, or, perhaps, humiliation.
Without accepting and embracing this, we may celebrate the mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection this week, but we’ll never understand it. Julian of Norwich remind us: “God gives joy freely as it pleases him, and sometimes he allows us to be in sorrow, and both come from his love.” In one of her other showings or visions Jesus says to Julian: “Since I have set right the greatest of harms, it is my will that I shall set right everything which is less.”
In our lives the joy of Easter resurrection lies ahead of us and it is unquestionably real. But there must first be the dying, the humbling, the letting-go: even as it was for Jesus. There must be, as Blessed Julian says, “the Passion of our Lord as comfort to us against the purging pain caused by our sins...He comforts readily and sweetly with his words, and says: ‘But all shall be well, and every kind of thing shall be well...”