Reflection for Palm Sunday

St. Pius X | News
3 Apr 2020

Holy Week, the most sacred time in the church year, begins today, with the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.  The enthusiastic throng of people gathered in the city for the religious festival of Tabernacles, were in a joyous mood as they spread their cloaks on the road, waved palm branches in the air and openly proclaimed Jesus as their earthly King.  But even with the exuberant shouts, 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.  There was terror and agony of mind to be endured and this pain was so intense that his sweat became like drops of blood long before the nails were driven into his body on the cross.  The loneliness and isolation which he felt when friends deserted the hill of Calvary was nothing to the experience of being abandoned by the Father.  This final week of Lent, will be very different for all of us because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  We will not be gathering in our churches in the usual great number.  However, within our own homes, this is still a great opportunity to celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord in a way that will change our lives even more. The fact that God thought we were worth all that pain and suffering that Jesus had to endure, should reduce us to silence.  We must never forget that Jesus died on the cross so that we might have new life.  We should therefore try in our own simple way to imitate him.