Passion/Palm Sunday

St. Pius X | News
7 Apr 2017

Holy Week, the most sacred time in the church year, begins today with the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The powerful feeling of those moments resounded in the exuberant chants, but Christ has no illusions about this fickle crowd because as the week unfolds, the palm branches will shape themselves into a cross and the hosannas will become the jeers of a treacherous mob calling for his death. The passion presents the ultimate humbling of Jesus involving far more than the physical cruelty of the crucifixion. It would be a mistake to comfort ourselves with the thought that it was a group of Jews who killed Christ. The people involved in Christ’s death are very much like us. The rejection and the crucifixion continues daily. We must never forget that each of us has a hand in Jesus’ death when we hurt others through gossip and slander and ride rough-shod over them for our own purpose. Jesus is crucified every time a human being is degraded, treated unjustly and deprived of freedom. This final week of Lent is a great opportunity to celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord in a way that will change our lives. The cross is lifted up as a sign of Christ taking the sins of humanity upon himself in order to soften our hearts, by revealing the depth of his perfect love. The fact that God thought we were worth all that pain and suffering should reduce us to silence. We must never forget that Jesus died on the cross so that we might have new life. We should try in our own simple way to imitate him.