Palm Sunday

Dear Friends,

Today is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, the beginning of Holy Week, the most sacred of our entire liturgical year. Our celebrations of these pivotal and central events of our Faith are not a re-enactment of Christ’s life, passion, and death. Rather, these days draw us more intimately into the reality of Jesus’ Passover (Death and Resurrection), which He makes present to us at every celebration of Holy Mass.

This year we listen to the Passion account from Saint Mark to help focus our attention on these mysteries of Faith. In our second reading today, Saint Paul offers us a summary, if you will, of the life altering meaning and significance of the Lord’s Passion in these words ~

Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name, which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

This reading, many think it is an early Christian hymn focused on Jesus, is the Canticle prayed weekly for the first Vespers of Sunday (Saturday evening) in the Liturgy of the Hours. It keeps our eyes focused on the outpouring of Christ’s love in the most dramatically humble way of suffering. A suffering which leads to His victory and exaltation and being the source of redemption for us.

May we embrace Jesus and His Passion and Cross throughout this coming week so as to be renewed in body, mind and soul by our accepting His Lordship! Praised be Jesus Christ. Now and forever. Amen.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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