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  • Writer's pictureMichael Orange

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, a pivotal time in the Catholic calendar when we reflect deeply on the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. On this day, we commemorate Jesus'    triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where crowds welcomed him with shouts of "Hosanna" and waved palm branches, symbolizing victory and honor. Yet, amidst the jubilation, we are reminded of the underlying significance of Jesus' mission – his sacrificial journey to redeem humanity.

 

As we revisit the events of Palm Sunday, we are called to contemplate our own relationship with Jesus and the significance of his sacrifice. Jesus willingly entered Jerusalem, fully aware of the suffering and death that awaited him. His journey was not one of earthly conquest or glory, but of humility,  obedience, and selflessness. In embracing his fate, Jesus exemplified the depth of his love for humanity, demonstrating that true     greatness lies in service and sacrifice.

 

Palm Sunday invites us to examine our own hearts and motivations. Are we like the crowds who welcomed Jesus with praise and adulation, only to abandon him in his hour of need? Or do we stand with Jesus, walking alongside him on the path to Calvary, ready to share in his suffering and offer our support? In the face of trials and tribulations, do we remain steadfast in our faith, trusting in God's plan and providence?

 

Moreover, Palm Sunday challenges us to reflect on the nature of discipleship. Jesus' journey to the cross was not a solitary one – he invited his disciples to accompany him, albeit knowing their weaknesses and failures. Similarly, Jesus invites each of us to follow him, to take up our own crosses, and to walk in his footsteps. Yet, following Jesus requires more than mere words or outward displays of devotion; it demands a radical transformation of heart and mind, a willingness to surrender our will to God's will, and a commitment to live as faithful disciples.

 

As we enter into Holy Week, Palm Sunday serves as a poignant reminder of the depth of Jesus' love for us and the ultimate sacrifice he made for our salvation. It challenges us to reevaluate our priorities, to draw closer to Jesus through prayer,    fasting, and almsgiving, and to recommit ourselves to lives of holiness and service. May we journey with Jesus this Holy Week, embracing his cross as our own, and ultimately rejoicing in the promise of his resurrection. Amen.

 

Blessings,

Deacon Mike

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