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20180325 - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

posted Mar 18, 2018, 9:48 PM by Domain Admin

Gospel of Mark 14:1—15:47

Kevin's Reflection

“Hosanna! / Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! / Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! / Hosanna in the highest!” On Palm Sunday, the community will rejoice together and proudly proclaim, “Hosanna!” We will come together and celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and His entry into our hearts.

Our community has been stricken with fear over the last few weeks due to the accounts of violence that have accumulated. It has been difficult to celebrate and be hopeful for much of anything lately. But, I pray that on Palm Sunday, we have every reason to celebrate and to be hopeful, because we will be together and supporting one another as we celebrate the presence of Jesus.

As Jesus was entering Jerusalem, everyone was pulling out all the stops to make his entrance as lively and extravagant as possible. Even those who were skeptical and unaware of the value of this moment, were celebrating. The sight of Jesus entering Jerusalem is a very powerful experience to just stand still and witness. People had to actively prepare and show their admiration through “spreading their cloaks, and leafy branches.” When momentous occasions occur, they are powerful in their own right. But when the masses also are feeding into the celebration of the occasion, that adds more encouragement onto others to join in on the celebration. In this case, it is the moment of Jesus entering Jerusalem, and it is the Catholic community living out their faith.

I am aware of the massive turn out that occurs during Palm Sunday. I look around and think to myself, “Wow! There are a lot of people here. This is awesome!” But what also occurs to me is, “Where did all of these people come from? Where were they during all the other Sundays?” But I’ve learned to be grateful of any turn out size of any celebration because Jesus has impacted all of our lives in different ways. And we show our gratitude and our faith in different ways as well. I am not a perfect Catholic, nor do I even know what that entails. But I am living my life through Jesus. And It took me a very long time to understand what it means to live Him. What I understand that to mean at this moment is that I am practicing my faith. But more importantly, I’m living it, every single day, through every single choice I make, and do not make. And I will be very grateful as we all gather as a Catholic community to celebrate Jesus.