4-5-20 – Palm Sunday
Today we recall Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem to fulfill the Paschal Mystery. Though we won’t be together processing through the church with palms, we can still lift our heads and hearts and let the King of Glory enter our lives. He comes in glory; he comes in mercy; he comes in humility; he comes with promise. Among the prayers for Palm Sunday, this one seems timely and relevant: “Increase the faith of those who place their hope in you, O God, and graciously hear the prayers of those who call on you, that we, who today hold high these branches to hail Christ in his triumph, may bear fruit for you...” In this time of uncertainty, we might be tempted to echo the Responsorial Psalm: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” In fact, we must be careful not to be the ones who abandon Him, by losing hope and trust. Jesus is about to give us himself in death on the cross so that we can be led to eternal life in God’s embrace.