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Back Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
This weekend in our entrance processional we will be singing: Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is He! Blessed is He!
Who comes in the name of the Lord!
Heaven and earth are full of your glory,
Hosanna in the highest!
These words come from the Gospel text that we hear at the beginning of our celebration on Palm Sunday. Our celebration begins in the joy of the triumphant entrance into the Holy City of Jerusalem. However, that joy of the moment soon turns serious as we hear from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah and the text of one of the “suffering servant songs.” The text speaks of the servant’s faithfulness to listening to the voice of God Most High and speaking His powerful word to the weary. The text also speaks of the submission to the criticism and persecutions of those who would harbor jealously and anger toward God’s messenger. This passage is a fitting text that we immediately relate to Jesus and the fate that awaits him.
The words of Psalm 22 echo the words of Jesus from the cross as we sing: “My God, My God…why have you abandoned me.” This is a fitting introduction to the reading of the Passion according to Mark. This year we are using a “three reader” text of the Gospel of Mark interspersed with musical interludes to the melody of the spiritual: “Were You There.” The full four-page text in printed within this bulletin.
St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians helps us understand the purpose and context of the Passion of our Lord. Jesus loves us so very much that he humbles Himself to take flesh and be like us in all things but sin. Jesus becomes the Passover Lamb of Sacrifice; the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Because of this selfless act of sacrifice, God exalts Him by raising Him from the dead and bestowing upon Him a name above all other names; “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” Phil 2:10-11.
These words of St. Paul summarize our belief and hope. These words give us the strength to endure our recall of his sufferings and death, walking with Him up to the hill at Calvary. These words speak of our ultimate faith in the power of His cross and resurrection. As one of the Carmelite Doctor’s of the Church, St. John of the Cross, put it so well: “I looked at your cross Oh Christ, and read there the song of your love.” Palm/Passion Sunday Blessings to you all.