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Jesus Enters Jerusalem - Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

“The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught that I may know how to sustain with a word him that is weary” (Isaiah 50:4).

Today is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. As Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, he humbly embraced his mission to care for all God’s people. Just as Jesus willingly accepted his mission, we too, are asked to accept a mission to care for all God’s creation. As today’s reading from Isaiah highlights, this is the work to which the Lord calls us. As Christians, we have been taught a way to peace and have a duty to uplift those around us.[1][2]

Written by Sarah Ciotti Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD [1] Revised Standard Edition, s.v., “Isaiah, The Book of.” [2] Walter Brueggemann, Isaiah 40-66 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998) 121-123.

Today, in Mass, Father Arturo reminded us we are to be people of peace and reconciliation. He also shared that the palms are a reminder to us that it is not the end of the story but the beginning. Yes. We all face many trials but we are strengthened when we trust in God's love for us. He asked us to spend this week spending some moments with God, perhaps reading scripture, and reflecting upon the Word. He suggested Luke, Chapters 22-23. Perhaps some of us will spend time reading, others serving, and yet others reaching out to someone who we haven't spoken to in a while. It is certainly a time of reconciliation with our Heavenly Father and with people in our lives.

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