It is 9th April 2017. We celebrate the Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. We begin Holy Week to accompany Jesus to the Cross and looking forward to celebrating the Easter. The entrance antiphon reads, “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel. Hosanna in the highest.” (Mt.21:9). The liturgy concentrates on the triumphal entrance of Jesus into the earthly Jerusalem with the procession with the palm. Jesus entered the city of God for our salvation. We need to pray that we receive sufficient graces to be the partakers of the Cross and to celebrate the Resurrection in His life. Waving the palms is the act of welcoming Jesus into our lives as the children of the Hebrews proclaimed the resurrection of life and singing Hosanna in the Highest. The readings are from Isaiah 50:4-7; the second reading is from Philippians 2:6-11; and the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ is from Matthew 26:14-27:66. The first reading presents us with the humble servant of God allowing to be attacked, insulted and humiliated for our salvation. “The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.” (Is.50:7). The responsorial Psalm prays, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Ps.22:2). The second reading narrates the willingness of Jesus to suffer for our sins in His highest humility. Jesus deserves our honour and worship because He humbled himself to carry the burden of our sins. The Gospel recounts the Passion and Death of Jesus for each one of us. There are characters reflect our own personalities. Betrayal of Judas, denial of Peter, unwilling Simon to serve Jesus, fearful leaders and indifferent rulers. We too have enough betrayals, denials, unwilling moments, fearful and indifferent in many way in following Jesus. whatever the sacrifices and mortifications we have made so far cannot match the love of Jesus for us. Sometimes in our lives we have behaved like Judas, some other times, we denied the Lord like Peter, and most of the times we force ourselves to serve the Lord like Simon. How often we have betrayed the Lord Jesus, denied Him and unwillingly serving Him in our lives? We need to learn from Him the fullest obedience and lasting forgiveness. It is the one last chance during Holy to mend our ways and broken relationships with one another. Our friendship with Jesus must culminate in ending all types of hostility and hatred toward the other person. May this Holy Week increase our faith and make us to come closer to Him. May you all have a good day. May God bless you.

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