On this day we welcome our Lord. We wave our palm branches, accompanying our Lord, walking with Him into His Calvary so that we can be given the grace of new life in the resurrection.
On this day our Lord enters into a showdown between good and evil. He takes up this battle not with weapons of destruction, but with humility and obedience right up to His death and surrender on the cross.
Today we heard the passion narrative from the Gospel of Mark (Mark 14:1--15:47). What we just heard should move our hearts to thanksgiving! This passion narrative should drive our hearts to conversion! Everything that our Lord Jesus went through was real! The very fact that our Lord Jesus Christ came down from heaven and suffered and died this most extreme death for us should bring us down on our knees begging Our Lord for forgiveness of our sins!
My brothers and sisters, today we enter into the most holy and sacred week of the year for Catholics. In one week, we will celebrate Easter, the glorious resurrection of our Lord from the dead.
|Fr. John Paul Shea|