Reflection for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Matthew 21: 1-11 (Palm Procession)
Matthew 26:14- 27:66 (Gospel)
Every Palm Sunday we hear two Gospel proclamations.
One is proclaimed when the palms are blessed; we hear about Jesus entering Jerusalem and the welcome that the people give him. Then at the Gospel, we hear about Jesus being betrayed, the last meal he shared with the Apostles, and his arrest, suffering and death.
These two Gospel readings give us details of Jesus' last week of life and what his disciples do during that time. Because we are Jesus' disciples today, we pay close attention to the disciples in these Gospel readings. They make arrangements for Jesus' entry into Jerusalem ; they prepare for the commemoration of the Passover; they gather around the table as Jesus institutes the Eucharist, they tread with Jesus to Gethsemane, and they flee at Jesus' arrest.
These are strong images, aren't they --so strong that they leave us a little disturbed.
We find ourselves thinking about how we might have behaved, about how strong our faith in Jesus really is as his disciples today.
Today marks the beginning of Holy Week. As we enter this very holy time, being disturbed is a good thing. It helps us to think seriously about our faith. In the days ahead, let us examine our relationship with Jesus as his disciple in the world today.
Dear Jesus, may we be your obedient disciples. With your grace help us to be loyal to you. May we never be cowards about our Catholic faith. Amen.