By Father Frederick Basco
Palm Sunday is the door that leads us to the great event of our salvation. It is an opportunity to ponder and rekindle our baptismal promises. As Pope Francis said in his homily, “during this week we are called to follow our King who chooses the Cross as his throne. We are called to follow a Messiah who promises us, not a facile earthly happiness, but the happiness of heaven, divine beatitude. “
So we need to ask ourselves this primary question: Who is Jesus for me? What is my idea of a Messiah? This is the heart of what we celebrating today.
Like the people in our Gospel we are called to prepare the way of our Lord to come into our lives, laying not branches but our hearts. As Saint Andrew, Bishop of Crete: “So it is ourselves that we must spread under Christ’s feet, not coats or lifeless branches or shoots of trees, matter which wastes away and delights the eye only for a few brief hours. But we have clothed ourselves with Christ’s grace, or with the whole Christ … so let us spread ourselves like coats under his feet … let us offer not palm branches but the prizes of victory to the conqueror of death.” (PG 97, 994).
May Palm Sunday be a day of decision for you, the decision to say yes to the Lord and to follow him all the way, the decision to make his Passover, his death and resurrection, the very focus of your Christian lives. It is the decision that leads to true joy.
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel”