Today is Palm Sunday which begins our Holy Week. It also ushers in the final week of preparation for the Elect, who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. From ancient times Christians have brought palm branches home from church on Palm Sunday. Some placed them on the wall behind a cross or sacred picture. Farmers used to bury Palm branches in the corners of their fields as a blessing.
Whatever you like to do with regard to blessed palms, it’s important that we remember the significance of today. Jesus entered the holy city Jerusalem to cries of “Hosanna” and “all hail King of the Jews”. Yet in five days these shouts of Hosanna gave way to people crying out, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him” ! Things turned so quickly for Jesus.
Jesus entered Jerusalem knowing full well what awaited him. He entered as a king in meekness and humility to bring us victory over death and peace. This victory and peace will be secured for us on the cross and in his glorious resurrection. I don’t want to forget that Jesus suffered and died for me. So ask yourself, does the King of Glory find welcome entry into your heart and your home ? Do your walls echo with praise of him. May I desire to be with him as much as he desires to be with us.
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug