Palm Sunday brings us to the last phase of our Lenten journey that we began on Ash Wednesday. The Passion story is probably the oldest part of Christian oral tradition and the core of the Gospel. Jesus is not taken unawares by the passion. He knows it will come as a result of his faithfulness to his mission. He is faithful to the end at the cost of his life. Matthew’s passion narrative fits into the general pattern of the Servant of God in the prophet Isaiah who is rejected by the people to whom he is sent but in the end he is saved by god. And so Jesus can declare with great confidence to the High Priest who is judging him that, like the Son of Man who judges and who is glorified at the end of history, he is already glorified. In all these cases Matthew sees an event as a fulfillment of something the Scriptures have foretold. Jesus, as Son of Man, is the fulfillment of God’s great plan of salvation for his people. Even Jesus’ death shows that God is so great he brings good out of evil for those who reject him. Our lives might seem full of the unimportant and the trivial. But when we see the events of our life in the light of faith we will discover how God is leading us through them. God’s plan unfolds slowly but surely.