April 5, 2020
Because of the length of the passion reading today, I just wanted to offer a brief reflection.
Today is Palm Sunday, and thus the beginning of Holy Week, the most sacred week of the year for Christians. This year the week is also a week filled with great distress and anxiety because of the coronavirus scare. Many people all over the entire world are petrified about what the future holds for us all health wise and economic wise. What the future holds is a great big mystery.
Perhaps this tension will better prepare us for the true meaning of Holy Week than usual. Let’s look at today, Palm Sunday. We find Jesus riding into Jerusalem. On a donkey, with the crowds shouting “Hosanna Son of David”. We have romanticized this scene to make it look glorious. But Jesus had to be a nervous wreck. He knew what was coming next. He knew that this was the beginning of his Passion, suffering, and death. He had to be a nervous wreck. But he kept going, He knew what he was getting into and He kept moving ahead.
If you are a nervous wreck over the condition of our world today then welcome to Holy Week. And in spite of “Stay at home” orders”, you are not alone. We’re all in this together and Jesus is our leader. And remember you might not be able to see the final goal: Resurrection, but it is there.
In conclusion, no matter how scary things may seem, no matter how dark the future may appear, never give up, never despair, because just as light always conquers darkness, so good always conquers evil. Amen.”
The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road.
The Lord God is my help, / therefore I am not disgraced.
He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave [and]...humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Matthew 26:14—27:66 or 27:11–54
Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit.