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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Passion (Palm) Sunday

Today is the last Sunday of Lent. It is called now Passion Sunday but will always be known as Palm Sunday. It begins our Holy Week experience of Jesus' life-giving passion, death and resurrection. We cannot separate this great Paschal Mystery!

Palm Sunday shows us the people who surrounded Jesus as he enters Jerusalem. They are crying out, "Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest." They are waving palm branches and acclaiming Jesus as he rides into Jerusalem. Five days later, a crowd will yell, "Crucify him. Let him be crucified."
In every Liturgy we also proclaim his coming after the Preface when we sing or say:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest. We re-enact the death of Jesus and receive his body which has been given up for us and his blood which has been shed for us.
Holy Week invites us to meditate on the mystery of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. How am I planning on spending this week? The rest of the world goes on as usual; if I want this to be a "holy week" what will I do? How will I be able to stay with Jesus?

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