20170409 - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

posted Apr 4, 2017, 11:32 AM by Domain Admin   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 10:12 PM ]

Gospel of Matthew 26:14—27:66

Jeffy’s Reflection

This Sunday’s gospel describes what we call the passion of Jesus Christ, were he is crucified, he died and he rises from the dead. In some way, our everyday life is like the passion. We are judged in way or form, challenged and then rise to that challenge or struggles and live for the next day.

God gives us this challenges in life and teaching us what happens when we make the right decisions and wrong ones too. Sometimes, the right decisions don’t give the positive outcome. This is where WE as Christians must trust in God and never doubt him.

Remember Simon the Cyrenian, who helped carry the cross of Jesus. Simon represents those around us; friends, teachers, counselors, teammates, to help with our struggles and challenges. We need not to be afraid to ask for help. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

Sally’s Reflection

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, the holiest week of the Church year. We gather together to pray, sing, rejoice, and celebrate. We reflect on our forty days of Lent. Not just what we gave up or did, but the time of fasting and praying for enlightenment on how we can follow in His footsteps.

I pray and reflect on Sunday’s Gospel. The Word, “This night all of you will have your faith in me shaken.”

How many times have I said, “I trust in you, Lord?” Then I doubt what I am doing, where I am heading, and deny Him? It isn’t just at Lent that I must empty my heart. I need to ask God to fill me with His love and grace to do His will every day. I recalled when I lost someone close to me. I was sad, hurt, and angry. “Why, God? I needed her in my life. Why take her now?” He gave me signs all along the way but I didn’t stop to listen. I struggled and faltered with my faith during this dark time. Turning my back on God was not a good choice. He never abandoned me. I abandoned Him.

It is in those moments when I must surrender myself. I need to humble myself at the foot of the cross and ask for His mercy and Grace.

Everyone has his or her faith shaken at one time or another. It is in those times that we can leave Christ and find it too difficult to follow Him. Jesus never said it would be easy. He also said we would never be alone. I have the Eucharist, the Word, and my community to give me strength to draw upon. I need to work at my relationship with Jesus Christ daily through prayer, reflection, and acts of kindness. He forgives me. He gives me strength to love and serve others.

What signs have we been given, which have led to conversion?

Come and let’s celebrate this Holy Week together.

Peace in Christ.

Alfred’ Reflection

"My Father... your will be done!"

I recall feeling my stress and anxiety levels rising when I sat down in the exam room. Hundreds of high school seniors were preparing to take the SAT in the room with me, along with hundred of others in nearby rooms, and thousands around the country. One assessment, along with grades and life experiences, would influence our futures. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and said something like Jesus' prayer above. My stress and anxiety remained but it was under control and I focused on the task at hand.

I repeated the prayer, "My Father... your will be done!" many times in my life, often in situations that I could not really influence. I've prayed it at the hospital, while holding vigil over sick loved ones. I prayed it during tricky moments as my wife gave birth to our children. I've prayed it while waiting to hear about a hiring decision. Sometimes things didn't work out the way I wanted, but I can accept that. Many times things worked out very well and for that I am very thankful!

My experiences cannot compare to what was facing Jesus. He knew that he would be arrested, judged, and put to death in a very cruel and painful way. Jesus, fully understanding what was to come, willingly accepted it to fulfill God the Father's will. Because of that, we as Catholics believe that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead. Jesus reset the game, giving us a new beginning, to make it possible to go to heaven. This Holy Week, we should open our eyes, ears, and heart to understand the Father's will, Jesus' sacrifice, and what we can do with our new beginning to carry out God's will.