It is 5th April 2020. We enter into the Holy Week as we celebrate the Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. The readings are from Isaiah 50:4-7; the second reading is from Philippians 2:6-11; and the Gospel from Matthew 26:14-27:66. The center person of our reflection, inspiration and personal meditation is the person of Jesus and His sacrifice. Socially distanced, economically broken, emotionally challenged, relationally proximate, spiritually enlivened as we are entering this Holy Week. Live streaming is the one new way, and the only possible way as the pandemic is spreading its wings over a million people all around the World. Let us be aware of one another and keep us closer to our prayerful moments during this week. The reading calls upon us to reflect the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and culminating in Calvary with His self-giving sacrifice followed by His glorious Resurrection. The Word made flesh offered his entire self for the salvation of all. Kenosis is nothing but the response to the will of God in action by emptying oneself for the welfare of the other as Jesus sacrificed himself. Began with noise and applause ends with the profound silence at the mount of Calvary with the flash of joyful rising of Jesus. God calls us and wishes us to be committed in doing good consistently and concretely during this Great Week of our salvation. The responsorial Psalm cries out loud, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” (Ps.22:1). The divinity of Jesus revealed in His human form and humility. Jesus did not go through the passion, suffering and death as God but as a slave, a vulnerable human without helping to save Himself using the divinity. “Though he was in the form of God, He did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” (Phil. 2:5). We who believe in Jesus need to expel our selfish desires, and sins. We need to make effort to confess our sins during this Holy Week with the proposed means by the Church during this pandemic time. Making the promise to Jesus that we never manipulate a situation for our cause and glory at the expense of the other. The Gospel displays the unfolding event of the paschal mystery. Faithfulness and patience in accepting the will of God and responding it with hope like Jesus needs to be our mindset during this most sacred time of the year. We never been into a Holy Week like this ever-before and ever-again. Let us enter with Him who is the guarantee for our salvation. May our palms be clean to offer the Palm Sunday from our homes, the little churches wherever we are. Have a good day. God bless you.

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