Blessed Palm Sunday!
We are entering into the most holy days of the Church year,
intensifying our preparation to unite ourselves with Jesus in His Passion and death
as He leads us through tragedy into triumph.
We do not celebrate any saints this week or next.
Nothing may interrupt these high holy days.
The palms we receive today are blessed–they’re sacramentals (sources of grace)
that are intended to remind us of Jesus’ victory over sin and death
(palms have long been symbols of victory).
That means they must be treated with reverence.
One common practise is to make crosses of them
and tuck these crosses behind holy pictures or crucifixes hanging in your home.
Instructions for making simple palm crosses can be found here.
If you need to dispose of old palms (or scraps from making palm crosses),
they should be reverently burned or buried in a place that will not be disturbed–
not thrown away (this is true of all blessed items of devotion).
Hosanna to the Son of David;
blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel.
Hosanna in the highest.
Almighty, ever-living God,
who as an example of humility for the human race to follow
caused our Savior to take flesh and submit to the Cross,
graciously grant that we may heed His lesson of patient suffering
and so merit a share in His resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
+Matthew 21: 1-11 (Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem)
Isaiah 50:4-7 (God’s noble servant is not deterred by suffering and insult)
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 “My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?”
Philippians 2:6-11 (because Jesus emptied Himself, God has exalted Him)
+Matthew 26:14-27:66 (Jesus’ Passion and death)
Behold! the king of you is coming to you,
meek and having mounted on ass and colt,
son of yokebeast
~transliteration of Matthew 21:5
Lift the yoke of Me upon you and be learning from Me;
that meek I am and humble to the heart
~ transliteration of Matthew 11:29
Son of David,
son of yokebeast,
both will share the glory
in humility of heart,
now that the foal
has been released
and led to God.
We too are bound
beneath a yoke
and Jesus orders us
and led to Him
so we can take upon ourselves
He’s come to lift
Beneath this yoke
we match His steps
on the road
Do two walk together unless they have agreed?
Am I “in step” with Jesus’ humility?
Am I sharing the load of the yoke with Jesus
or am I trying to take the whole load of the yoke on myself, or leaving it all to Him?