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Palm/Passion Sunday

March 20, 2016

JMJ

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.
You will notice that 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).

Readings:
+Luke 19:28-40 (Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem)
Isaiah 50:4-7 (God’s messenger is not deterred by violence)
Psalm 22:8-24 “My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?”
Philippians 2:6-11 (Jesus emptied Himself)
+Luke 22:14-23:56 (the Passion)

Judah…ties his ass to the vine;
his ass’s colt to the choicest vine.*
~Genesis 49:11

Donkey
This donkey
has been tied
to luxury.
The Lion
of the Tribe of Judah*
orders it
untied
to start the march
to Calvary.

Have I untied my “donkey” (body) from luxury for the journey to the Cross with Jesus?

*Revelation 5:5

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