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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Looby

Palm Sunday 2024

Today, we find ourselves at the threshold of Holy Week, the most sacred time of the year for us as Christians. Palm Sunday holds a profound mystery of love, betrayal, and redemption that speaks directly to the human condition and our journey of faith.

In our Gospel readings today, we are presented with a striking paradox. We begin with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. 

The air is charged with jubilation as the crowds lay down their cloaks and palm branches, shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" 

It is a moment of recognition and honor for Jesus, acknowledging him as the promised Messiah, the one who comes in the name of the Lord to save his people.

Yet, as we continue to walk with Jesus through the narratives of Holy Week, we witness a dramatic shift. The same voices that cried "Hosanna" soon turn into a mob shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" 

Within a span of a few days, admiration turns into rejection, love into hatred.

This swift change poses a challenging question to each of us: How often do we find ourselves swaying between faith and doubt, between following Jesus closely and distancing ourselves from him? 

The events of Holy Week invite us to reflect on our own faith journey and the ways in which we have welcomed Jesus into our lives, perhaps only to reject him when faced with difficulty or when his teachings challenge us.

As we enter into Holy Week, let us embrace this time as an opportunity for deep spiritual renewal. 

Let us walk with Jesus not just into Jerusalem but also to the Upper Room, where he gives us the gift of the Eucharist; 

-to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he experiences the agony of impending betrayal and death; 

-to the court of Pontius Pilate, where he is condemned; and ultimately, to Golgotha, where he offers his life for our salvation.

This week challenges us to stand firm in our faith, to remain steadfast in our love for Jesus, even when the road becomes difficult. 

It invites us to reflect on the depth of God's love for us, a love so profound that it embraces even the cross, a symbol of suffering and shame, transforming it into the ultimate sign of love and redemption.

Let us, therefore, not be like the crowds who change their allegiance with the wind but rather like the faithful women and the beloved disciple who stood by Jesus even at the foot of the cross. 

May our journey through Holy Week deepen our commitment to Christ, strengthen our faith, and renew our resolve to follow him more closely, not just in times of joy and celebration but also in moments of trial and suffering.

As we carry our palms today, let them be for us a sign of our willingness to walk with Jesus every step of the way, to stand by him, and to proclaim, not just with our lips but with our lives, that he is indeed the Blessed One who comes in the name of the Lord.

May this Holy Week be a time of grace for all of us, drawing us closer to the heart of Jesus and preparing us to celebrate with renewed faith the joy of Easter Sunday, the victory of love over hate, of life over death.


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Anne Peterson
Anne Peterson
Mar 23

Amen. May I continue to follow Jesus on his journey during this week.

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