By Fr Shelwin Fernandez
Palm Sunday – Hail, King of the Jews!
Just over 5 weeks ago, we began our Lenten journey this year. Today we enter into the most important week of our faith and in our life as we commemorate our Lord’s Paschal mystery – the means of our salvation.
At the liturgical celebration today, we recall the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem where the people shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming! Hosanna in the highest!”
However not long after Jesus received these kind of greetings, we learned that the same people will be shouting in a different tune, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
Like Pilate, we can ask, “Why? What harm has he done?” What did he do to deserve the punishment of death? After all he had said and done, don’t they know who were they crucifying?
As we enter into Holy Week, a week “set apart” for God, it is therefore important to ask ourselves who Jesus is. Hopefully we can find an answer in a personal way, like the centurion who said, “In truth, this man was a son of God.”
Today if we receive blessed crosses made out of palm branches, let us take them home and place them where they are visible to us. Let the cross remind us of the love of God through Christ’s victory over sin and death.
I pray you all have a blessed Holy Week.