- May 9, 2021
The Lord indicated that the Divine Family, and the blessings that come with divine fellowship, will be given to those who love him and obey him. In short, the graces will be given to those who truly want them.
How are we to find peace in the midst of a changing world? In her liturgical year, the Church provides us with two power-punch answers, namely, the witness and intercession of Mary and Joseph.
Through all the insecurities, uncertainties, and fears that surround our hearts, the Good Shepherd calls us back to our senses, back to hope, back to his peace. We are each invited to raise our hearts and respond to him, to run to him and seek his love.
The two disciples were so distracted in their disappointment that they couldn’t see the mighty works that were already happening in Jerusalem.
God’s grace desires to pierce our world, which was made good, but is now fallen. There is no battle between supposedly equal forces of good and evil. Such false drama is not reality. The true battle is between a good world and an illness – a spiritual cancer – called evil.
The proclamation of the Lord’s Resurrection has been passed down through the ages, accompanied by the Christian way of life. The two are inseparable. The Resurrection gives meaning to the way of life, while the way of life embodies and gives credibility to the Resurrection.
Palm Sunday also begins Holy Week, the most revered week of the entire Christian calendar. Within this one week, the principal events of human salvation will be celebrated. From Holy Thursday and Good Friday, to the Great Easter Vigil and Easter Day itself, the Passion, Death, and glorious Resurrection of the Lord Jesus will be solemnly re-presented to the People of God.
As hard as it is to hear, the Lord Jesus truly wants us to die to ourselves and to follow him. There are no if’s, and’s, or but’s. It is an unconditional surrender.