Sunday, April 09, 2006

Palm Sunday, Passion Sunday

Blessed is he who comes in the name of
the Lord!
Mark 11:10

Today we celebrate the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem, to the cry of Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes.

We have a great tradition that celebrates this coming. As Jesus passes over them, we symbolically take these palms to our homes to remind us of what Jesus is about to endure for our salvation.

In this world of ours today, it is so easy to forget what Jesus did for us by coming into Jerusalem they way he did. We see that with his entrance, and the particular use of palms, on this day of days, is for us to realize that he has us in the palm of his hands. That no matter what he is about to suffer, we are in his care.

When I gaze at the Crucifix on my wall, and the palm nestled between Jesus and the cross, I'm always reminded of this day. Not so much what we hear at Mass, but somehow a vision of Jesus riding upon a colt dressed all in white with many people laying down a path for him. It always reminds me of our own path in life, how Jesus not only laid down his life for us, he helps pave the way too. He guides us along the way. Those who have eyes will see, those who have ears will hear, and they will know.

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