Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week – the holiest week of the Liturgical Year. Some thirty five days ago we began our Lenten journey together as a community of faith.  In a few short days we will reach the end of Lent.  This is a week that one does not want to race through for it is a beautiful reminder of our God’s love for us.   

Today, on Palm Sunday, we read through the Passion narrative which is a rather lengthy reading.  It recounts the events of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, His betrayal by Judas Iscariot, His Last Supper with His disciples, the Washing of the Feet, the Institution of the Eucharist, His arrest, trial and ultimately His Crucifixion.  There is so much to absorb in this Gospel that it at times boggles my mind.  I find my mind wanting to skip over parts of the story.

As we move into Holy Week, I invite you to set aside some time to journey with Jesus. Take some time to place yourself into the gospel scene. Take on the roles of the different people who are there.  Were you waving palm branches as Jesus rode into Jerusalem?  Were you one of the disciples at the Last Supper?  Were you there when He was arrested or had you fled?  Did you stay with Jesus all the way to Calvary?   Take the time to listen to Jesus’ message for you during these days as we approach Easter.