Palm Sunday, April 1st
Today is Palm Sunday, the first day of a week that we have always called Holy. The Church makes use of a very simple external sign or symbol on Ash Wednesday to remind us that ultimately we will give an accounting for our lives here on earth. So today, it makes use of the simple sign of palm branches. Ash Wednesday should remind us of the shortness of life. Palm Sunday should remind us of the glorious, triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, a triumph that all of us are called to share when we go into eternal life and celebrate his eternal triumph as the Lord of history.
The Passion story of all four Gospel writers – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – will be read this week. It is a crucially important part of scripture, the bedrock of our faith, the cause of our salvation and our joy. So, the Gospel will be read today, twice in the middle of the week and again on Good Friday. This is a story that we should never cease studying and should never cease seeing it as a crucially important part of the personal lives of each and every one of us. Jesus Christ died, he died for you and me and his death is the key to eternal life and eternal joy.
With the Church across the world, let us enter into this holy week and try and draw as much spiritual benefit from it as we can.
Happy Palm Sunday.