Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
At the Procession with Palms
Gospel Mt 21:1-11
When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem
and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,
Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,
"Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately you will find an ass tethered,
and a colt with her.
Untie them and bring them here to me.
And if anyone should say anything to you, reply,
'The master has need of them.'
Then he will send them at once."
This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet
might be fulfilled:
Say to daughter Zion,
"Behold, your king comes to you,
meek and riding on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden."
The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them.
They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them,
and he sat upon them.
The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road,
while others cut branches from the trees
and strewed them on the road.
The crowds preceding him and those following
kept crying out and saying:
"Hosanna to the Son of David;
blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord;
hosanna in the highest."
And when he entered Jerusalem
the whole city was shaken and asked, "Who is this?"
And the crowds replied,
"This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee."
Palm Sunday begins the sacred time of Holy Week for Christians. It is a special week, especially if we take the time to immerse ourselves in it. We ourselves enter into the last week of Christ's life, and walk behind him as he makes his way to the Cross. That Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday is a lesson for us - the Word of God is received with joy one day, and reviled the next. It does not make Jesus' entry into Jerusalem any less glorious or triumphant. It does mean that we must remember that the Christian life always includes the Cross. It has its joys and its glories, but it has loving sacrifice at its very heart. And one week after Palm Sunday is Easter - the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Our joys and our suffering are not without great hope. May this coming Holy Week be a blessed one for you and your families. Scott Salvato, Director of Campus Ministries - Molloy College
Today is the Feast of St. Vincent Ferrer
St. Vincent Ferrer is the patron saint of builders because of his fame for "building up" and strengthening the Church: through his preaching, missionary work, and in his teachings. At Valencia in Spain, this illustrious Dominican came into the world on January 23, 1357. In the year 1374, he entered the Order of Preachers in a monastery near his native city. Soon after his profession he was commissioned to deliver lectures on philosophy. At Lerida, the famous university city of Catalonia, he received his doctorate. In 1390, he was obliged to accompany Cardinal Pedro de Luna to France, but he soon returned home. When, in 1394, de Luna himself had become Pope at Avignon he summoned St. Vincent and made him Master of the sacred palace. In this capacity St. Vincent made unsuccessful efforts to put an end to the great schism that had riven the Church. He refused all ecclesiastical dignities, even the cardinal's hat, and only craved to be appointed an apostolic missionary. Now began those labors that made him the famous missionary. He evangelized nearly every province of Spain, and preached in France, Italy, Germany, Flanders, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Numerous conversions followed his preaching, which God Himself assisted by the gift of miracles. Though the Church was then divided by the great schism, the saint was honorably received in the districts subject to the two claimants to the Papacy. He was even invited to Islamic Granada, where he preached the gospel with much success. He lived to behold the end of the great schism and the election of Pope Martin V. Finally, crowned with labors, he died April 5, 1419. His feast day is April 5.
Christ's Entry into Jerusalem by William Gale. All rights reserved.