Homily :: April 9, 2017
04/09/17: Palm Sunday with First Form: The Procession
04/09/17: Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion - Fr Dave Reeson
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04/09/17: Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion - Fr Pat Nields
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This day is named after the Gospel readings that we will hear. The account of the entry into Jerusalem and the Palms the people waved is put against the account of the passion of Christ, his death for us told in excruciating detail.
What are we to make of this contrast? How are we to apply this to our own lives? The reading from Isaiah with the responsorial psalm and the famous Philippians hymn that is our second reading interpret these Gospels for us. God sees us as all the actors in the passion.
We are the ones who wave the palms, the ones who drive the nails and the spear into the body of Christ, we are Mary and Peter and the apostles; but above all we are to be Christ for others, we are to lay down our life for the love of neighbor.
And because of this call to accept the life of Christ with all its joy and pain, the glory and the suffering, we can expect to share in the lifting up of the Philippians hymn, sharing in the Lordship of Christ to the glory of the Father forever.
By Glenn CJ Byer, MA SLD © 2004, OCP. All rights reserved.